Lighting a 20 gallon aquarium. - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-24-2006, 04:58 AM Thread Starter
Guest
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 132
Lighting a 20 gallon aquarium.

I am building my own canopy for a 20 gallon aquarium and I am curious what my best option for achieving a moderate light setting would be. I will be adding CO2 eventually so I would like something fairly compact. From what I have seen, T5's seem to be an excellent choice, but I have been looking around and I have been unable to find a ballast to power HO T5's locally, so now I am wondering about the more readily available HO T8's. Compact flourecents also seem good, but that is probably another availability issue.

And on a side note, has anyone ever used the mylar sheeting aquariumplants.com sells, for a DIY canopy? Is it any good?

Any ways, I would appreciate your help, I am fairly new to all of this and I find the lighting to be a most frustrating issue. There are just so many options available it can be mind numbing at times, I am just really not sure what ballast and lighting would be most appropriate for my tank.
greenleaf888 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-25-2006, 01:33 AM
Guest
 
PTrader: (28/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 1,984
Well, I have no idea what's available in greenland. But apparently you are pretty much aware of your options. I'd shoot for 40-60 watts if possible, and am a really big fan of compact fluoros. But I guess T5 are pretty much the same thing though, so whatever you can get your hands on.

RE: meflective mylar, I've used it inside some rain gutters that I cut for some T12 strip lights, very DIY They got pretty corroded pretty quickly, but it was also an open top tank with no glass lid. Were you planning on just lining the canopy with it, or using for some kind of reflector? If it's just there to capture some stray light, you would be better off using white paint.
esarkipato is offline  
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-25-2006, 01:42 AM
Banned
 
spypet's Avatar
 
PTrader: (56/100%)
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Forest Hills, NY
Posts: 3,297
practically every manufacturer has a 24" 1x65w power compact fluorescent fixture.
20gal is probably the easiest tank to light properly so your confusion is puzzling.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
spypet is offline  
 
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-25-2006, 01:45 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
PTrader: (84/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 21,012
The problem I had with the reflective mylar was finding a way to attach it to a backing to hold the mirror shape I wanted. The stuff works very hard to oppose being glued down - it is air tight, so getting air bubbles out is no picnic, and it is not strong enough to hold a shape without drooping if it isn't glued down. Then, after I had it installed, wrinkles and all, as Ernie said, it corroded pretty quickly. And, that was with a solid glass, almost airtight cover glass over it. (I had the glass in the hood, not on the tank.) So, I found it to be a great idea on paper, but much less of a great idea in real life.

Hoppy
Hoppy is offline  
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-27-2006, 01:37 PM
Planted Member
 
Aquamanx's Avatar
 
PTrader: (9/100%)
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: R.I.,USA
Posts: 257
Send a message via AIM to Aquamanx
I used 2 pieces of "Drip Edge" for roofing. I polished it up & screwed it to a 24" - 2 bulb shop light for my 20 Gal high... That gives me 40 Watts of light, I also added another light from an old 10 Gal I had with the screw in bulbs, I added 2 13 Watt Screwin flourescents bulbs & gave me some Great light. Now I need CO2 to make up for all the light they are getting! It was a very inexpensive way to go IMO.
Aquamanx is offline  
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-16-2009, 12:19 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
Hilde's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Mableton, GA
Posts: 6,255
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aquamanx View Post
I used 2 pieces of "Drip Edge" for roofing. I polished it up & screwed it to a 24"
Where did you get your drip edge. I am seeing it at ACE 25 pack $35.
Hilde is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome