Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Philidelphia, PA
Elevating your light fixture
So I had a problem with my DIY CFL fixture over my 30 long tank. When the light rested on top of my glass lids, I noticed the floating plants were not getting enough light because sometimes they would float out to the front or back of the tank and in a sense would not be "under the light" because of the width of the reflector. So all I did was take a couple clear water bottles and stripped the labels off and used them as a riser kit! Any reflected light passes right through the clear water bottle, and now I have equal coverage of light throughout my tank by raising the lights up by a few inches. It will likely give my bulbs a longer life too because the heat won't be trapped between the fixture and the glass. This was a simple, quick fix that I thought I should let people know about.
It IS pretty stable too because the bottles have little ridges in them that hold the light place and any rolling was stopped by crushing the bottle a little bit.
Floating plants include water sprite, dwarf lettuce, and a hygrophila that hasn't been planted yet haha