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Old 12-17-2012, 04:03 PM   #1
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Aqueon Betta Bow - 2.5 gal.


I am messing around with my Aqueon Betta Bow 2.5g nano today and I need some advice.

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Substrate: Eco-Complete
Lighting: Incandescent 15W Bulbs (Stock)
Filter: Stock x1 Insert Carbon/Mechanical (Stock)
Plants: x1 Annibus & x3 Dwarf Sag
Fish: 1 Betta

I want a low light nano setup with little - NO dosing.

I do have Flourish, Excel, and dry fertilizer on hand but would rather not use them in this setup.

The lighting in this tank is terrible... Should I change the bulb in this tank? is 15w to much? What do you recommend?

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I am planing to swap filters. I have an Aqua Clear Mini I could use.

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Old 12-17-2012, 05:11 PM   #2
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Not knowing a lot about the tank, I'll say this:

15 w of good fluorescent lighting should allow you to creat a low light setup growing anubias, java ferm, or any number of low light plants. You'll just have to pay attention to the setup. Will a 15w CFL bulb fit in the hood, that's a better question.
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:18 PM   #3
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I always change out the light and filter in the mini bows - the light they include make the tank too hot.

I just get a small spiral cfl, anything under 11 watts is what I use - usually 7. I have java ferns and anubius nana in my mini bows and they grow quite well.

I use a Hagan Elite Mini Filter in them as well.
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:44 PM   #4
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Not knowing a lot about the tank, I'll say this:

15 w of good fluorescent lighting should allow you to creat a low light setup growing anubias, java ferm, or any number of low light plants. You'll just have to pay attention to the setup. Will a 15w CFL bulb fit in the hood, that's a better question.
Today, I exchanged the 15w Incandescent Bulb for a 13w 3,000K Florescent Bulb I had laying around the house. I also have a 13w 6,700K florescent bulb but it doesn't fit the fixture...

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I always change out the light and filter in the mini bows - the light they include make the tank too hot.

I just get a small spiral cfl, anything under 11 watts is what I use - usually 7. I have java ferns and anubius nana in my mini bows and they grow quite well.

I use a Hagan Elite Mini Filter in them as well.
I will have to stop at the store and look for something that is lower wattage. I put a 13w 3,000K bulb in today and that should suffice for now.

Thank you both for your input.
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:06 AM   #5
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Where do people buy the small compact fluorescent bulbs?

They don't sell them at target or homedepot. Nothing under 10w.
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:22 AM   #6
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Shove some root tabs in and have a great time i love these little tanks. The filter should do fine you might need a heater. If you get a small Betta grab a few shrimp if you get him use to shrimp he most likely will enjoy the company.
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:31 AM   #7
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Alright so I was mistaken before. I currently have the following bulb:

Mini CFL 60w Equivelant 3,000K bulb that uses only 13w. 825 lumes

What I need is:

Mini CFL 10w or less 6,500K bulb.

Can anyone tell me where to get this bulb?
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:06 PM   #8
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I find them all over the place - home improvement stores, drug stores, etc. Search online if you can't find locally.
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I find them all over the place - home improvement stores, drug stores, etc. Search online if you can't find locally.
I am finding a lot of 60w equivalent bulbs that use 10-14w but give off 800+ lumes...

I will go out any look at a hardware store and a drug store and see if i have any luck. Thanks.

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Old 12-18-2012, 07:07 PM   #10
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Here are the two options I found that will work, but I need help deciding which will work best for this tank...

Option 1:

40W T10 CFL 6,500K Bulb 330lumens
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Option 2:

40w Spiral CFL 6,500K Bulb 600lumens

Option 2 gives off almost double the amount of light. (330 vs. 600)

What do you guys think?

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Old 12-18-2012, 07:33 PM   #11
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Option #2 is the type I've had great growth with. If it's too much light then add some frogbit or other floating plant to filter the light...or just wait for any stem plants to cover the surface. Lowes has the largest selection of grow bulbs in my area.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:38 PM   #12
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Either should be fine. I get good growth on slow growers with 7-9 watts in a 5g covered in duck weed.
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