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Old 07-05-2014, 03:39 AM   #1
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Lighting for 5gallon Planted Tank


I need help on how to decide what light to get for a Tetra 5 gallon planted tank. The tank is 16" from side to side and 8" from the back to the front. I have dwarf hair grass, lugwigia repens?, dwarf anubias, vesuvias echinodous augustifolia?, crypt, Java fern & wisteria. I am brand new to planted tanks and hope these can all do well in the same tank if properly cared for. But I need help getting the right lighting and how to get started on co2 setup if needed, it's very overwhelming! I only have the flourish in it right now and it's doing "okay" but I'm sure it will start suffering soon if I don't get it done soon. Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-05-2014, 04:14 AM   #2
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Finnex fugray 16inch.

That should do the trick
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:57 PM   #3
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Daylight CFL's if your on a budget. I have 2 13w daylight cfls and one 15w walmart flourescent over a ten gallon and it appears like its working for me.
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:48 AM   #4
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Daylight CFL's if your on a budget. I have 2 13w daylight cfls and one 15w walmart flourescent over a ten gallon and it appears like its working for me.
+1 this, though I got my lights (6500k 13w cfls) from home depot, 4 pack cost less than buying 1 'plant growing cfl bulb' from most places.
I have 1 in a desk lamp over a 3g bubble bowl, 2 in a tall lamp over a 2g cookie jar, 2x in a 10g hood like (without the hood) on a 10g, 3x with 3x clamp on work lamp reflectors on a 20g long (1 per every 10") and 1 in a clamp on work lamp reflector over a 7g cube.
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:55 AM   #5
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I agree with the Finnex suggestion, but if you are on a tight budget you can look at aquatraders for a nice fixture like this one: http://www.aquatraders.com/LED-Aquar...sh-p/56322.htm
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:37 AM   #6
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Thank you all for the suggestions! I actually have a 5 gallon and a 10 gallon that I need to upgrade the lighting on. This gives me some great options! Going to get the Finnex on my 5 gallon and try some DIY on my 10 gallon! Thanks to all!!!
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Old 07-12-2014, 12:52 PM   #7
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Go to Walmart, and buy two of the clip on desk lamps in black! Then, go to the light bulb section, and look for daylight LED screw in bulbs, 60 or 90 watts. I have them over my ten, and the plants do great!
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I would try the finnex on your 10 and diy on your 5 thus way if you want to expand and focus on a bigger tank the 5 gallon is easy to take down you know?

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Old 07-12-2014, 03:12 PM   #9
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More great responses! I really appreciate everyone's input on this ! I will post pics of both tanks as soon as I get them sorted out! I wish I was a talented aquascaper but my tanks don't look anything like I envision! Haahaaa or I get overwhelmed and frustrated and just start plugging stuff where I have room
My 10 gallon is a halfmoon and I hate the height, distortion of the views and the challenge of fitting things things so it looks good from all angles..... and the dang giant Fluval internal filter I invested in...... sigh. Sorry for my rant! I love my fishes but.... *feeling overwhelmed at the moment*
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More great responses! I really appreciate everyone's input on this ! I will post pics of both tanks as soon as I get them sorted out! I wish I was a talented aquascaper but my tanks don't look anything like I envision! Haahaaa or I get overwhelmed and frustrated and just start plugging stuff where I have room
My 10 gallon is a halfmoon and I hate the height, distortion of the views and the challenge of fitting things things so it looks good from all angles..... and the dang giant Fluval internal filter I invested in...... sigh. Sorry for my rant! I love my fishes but.... *feeling overwhelmed at the moment*
I am the same way about planting; feels overwhelming at times.

Is a halfmoon the same as a bowfront tank? I think bowfronts look cool but never actually seen one in RL with plants & fish, so I don't know how much distortion there is.
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Old 07-21-2014, 08:54 AM   #11
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I am also looking for lighting for a small tank (5.5 gallons). The problem with the clip on lights is that they are ugly and do not look good in like the kitchen or something. I myself do not have money for the Finnex right now.

I am curious: AquaAurora, you said this, "2x in a 10g hood like (without the hood) on a 10g." How do you have a hood like thing without the hood? I am wondering if this looks better.

Thanks!

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Old 07-21-2014, 09:15 AM   #12
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Check out ZooMed single or double Deep Dome fixture (Amazon, Ozbo, etc.) to use with the cheap CFL bulbs - looks much better then 'brooder" clamp on lights, and not that much more expensive.
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