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What cheap lights could I get for this 50 gal long?

I desperately need lights soon for this tank.

https://imgur.com/a/jGWQOkc

It's 50 gallons and what I'm looking for is a cheap light that can go over the top, I don't want a messy bunch of lamp light sitting around the tank, any ideas?
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What's the length? 36"?
Width and depth helps too.

90cm is approx 36"
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V4W346S...ing=UTF8&psc=1

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What's the length? 36"?
Width and depth helps too.

90cm is approx 36"
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V4W346S...ing=UTF8&psc=1
The length is 120cm, width is 34 cm and depth is 46 cm.
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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XN8GJXY...ing=UTF8&psc=1
Then the 120cm one is an option..

Chihiros is fine..
100W 5000 lumens built in step dimmer..
Now not exactly cheap..

https://www.amazon.com/Beamswork-FSP...s%2C235&sr=1-4
$70

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XN8GJXY...ing=UTF8&psc=1
Then the 120cm one is an option..

Chihiros is fine..
100W 5000 lumens built in step dimmer..
Now not exactly cheap..

https://www.amazon.com/Beamswork-FSP...s%2C235&sr=1-4
$70
Is there any other options? Like something I might be able to get at a warehouse? Similar to like a lamp? or something that I don't have to order online and is similar?

@Shrubbery Hey Shrubbery, could you possibly help me with this?

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What's your goal for the tank? What kind of plants? CO2? No CO2?

What's your ideal budget and what country are you in (if you care to share)?

If you want to go low light, you could get some screw-in LEDs and a few clamp light domes from a hardware/big box store and suspend them over the tank. Probably about US$30 total. But knowing more about what you envision will help people make better recommendations.


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What's your goal for the tank? What kind of plants? CO2? No CO2?

What's your ideal budget and what country are you in (if you care to share)?

If you want to go low light, you could get some screw-in LEDs and a few clamp light domes from a hardware/big box store and suspend them over the tank. Probably about US$30 total. But knowing more about what you envision will help people make better recommendations.
I don't remember what kind of plants I have, it's definitely low light though. In my post here: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/1...nk-issues.html I have pictures where I have plants. Right now I only have three species of plants that I think are best because so far they have turned out great. I don't remember their names but one is definitely water wasteria, then there's this long stalk one that has overtaken my other take, and then there's one more but there's only one plant and it's struggling to compete against the others it seems so I only have 2 species basically.

Low light is what I'm after. My goal is to start breeding Betta's. The tank in my first thread is going to be for breeding, and the large 50 gal will be for the off spring. I am aiming for a as much as possible natural heavily planted tank. The wood I'm adding in has Java Moss and Anubius as well as a bit of Java fern.

I live in AUS. Could you link some images of what you're talking about, I am a little confused. Thanks for your repsonse!

P.S: My budget is low, I'm trying to go as cheap as possible without going too cheap. Having a lamp with the correct watts really did my main 13 gal tank well.
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Please can someone help me?
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Please can someone help me?
Being in Australia means most can't "directly" help you..


Cheap led floods of 4' Shop lights should be fairly readily available..
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/50W-100W....c100005.m1851
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/New-Germ...PLzx1eGhBQhPaw

opp's forgot no evil bay links but hey it's Australia!!!

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This is the clamp light I'm talking about. If that link doesn't work, here's a direct link to the image.

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Easy to remove the clamp and suspend a few of them above a tank. Back/exterior of them can be spray painted in nearly any color or finish you desire to match your decor. Come in several sizes, will range in price from AUS$8-AUS$15 depending upon size and other factors.

There are plenty of screw-in LED bulbs on the market in Australia. Just have to get something in the neighborhood of 6500K when it comes to light color/color temperature.


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This is the clamp light I'm talking about. If that link doesn't work, here's a direct link to the image.

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Easy to remove the clamp and suspend a few of them above a tank. Back/exterior of them can be spray painted in nearly any color or finish you desire to match your decor. Come in several sizes, will range in price from AUS$8-AUS$15 depending upon size and other factors.

There are plenty of screw-in LED bulbs on the market in Australia. Just have to get something in the neighborhood of 6500K when it comes to light color/color temperature.
Thanks so much! Does it operate on batteries?
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Thanks so much! Does it operate on batteries?
No, it operates on AC, the cord is just not in the picture. I use this kind of light with screw in LED bulbs, but I prefer them at 5000K. I also remove the plastic diffuser for better output.

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This is the clamp light I'm talking about. If that link doesn't work, here's a direct link to the image.

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Easy to remove the clamp and suspend a few of them above a tank. Back/exterior of them can be spray painted in nearly any color or finish you desire to match your decor. Come in several sizes, will range in price from AUS$8-AUS$15 depending upon size and other factors.

There are plenty of screw-in LED bulbs on the market in Australia. Just have to get something in the neighborhood of 6500K when it comes to light color/color temperature.
That is exactly what I was talking about, thank you! How would you use it so that it doesn't tilt when hanging it up?
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Gumtree has a bunch of good options that are cheap.

https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-aquarium+light+120cm/k0

This looks interesting from Bunnings $85.

https://www.bunnings.com.au/nelson-t...xture_p4344802

$25 from Mitre 10 (you might want two). 120cm LED 20W. As someone else suggested you might be able to remove the diffuser and possibly build some kind of simple reflector with mylar or foil.

https://www.mitre10.com.au/catalog/p...category/1155/
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If you're near a home depot, go in their lighting section and look for these:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Commerci...0-HD/305059320

The 36" one is only $10 and the white LEDs look fine for low light plants and fish, I have 2 of these over my 2 foot tall 55 and they grow crypts and java fern just fine and let me see the fish.
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