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BOWL LIGHTS Show & Tell

Let's see what you are using and please share your reviews.

Pics are appreciated!
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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 11-24-2011, 06:55 PM
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I used a light for use with paintings from ikea, although they don't have this one anymore, it houses a 10w halogen bulb and now that my bowl is established the plants are loving the light, it seems to look nice as well, I mounted it to plaque that can be found pre made but unstaind at craft stores




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I just use a 13W CFL 3500K daylight bulb. used to use 5500K daylight. I'll be returning to 5500K the next time I buy bulbs. both produce good growth though.




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Ozydego - Thanks for helping get this started! So you felt 10W halogen is growing the plants well? I'm going to try to get to our IKEA next week. I think you really did a great job with that plaque & light combo. It's a very clean look.

Newman - May we see the fixture too?
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The fixture is anything that holds a regular light bulb. Sometimes I use a desk lamp, sometimes i use a lid from my 2.5gal bowfront tank(temporary). The final fixture is going to be a desk lamp though.




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Newman thanks!

Right now I have my Coffee Bowl under a 4' shop light with some hues plants. it works but, not the most practical fixture for a 1 gl bowl.

I also set a 30" single T5NO strip on it for 1 hr. a day for speak photo period to help the HC get established. Also, not the long term "look" I'm after.

I think I might try your 13w CFL idea in a clamp on shop light fixture if I don't find something I can "McGuiver" when I go shopping on trash day. For now my bowl is in my Aqua-dungeon, functional is all I need.
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My bowl set up with a cheapo desk light from Menards. 13w/65w equiv cfl. The moon lights are experimental. Anachris, c. parva are showing good growth, dwarf swords a bit slow.
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Moon Lights???



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Technically this isn't a bowl but here I use a desk lamp with an 11w spiral CFL. It's working great!
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RE moonlights. I bought a strip of blue led lights, kinda like what one would use to "pimp out" their car interior with, if one was so inclined to do so. ( I did ) I retrofitted them into the light canopy and turn them on after lights out for an hour or so. It gives the bowl a kind of eery look and while not a lot of light, I can see the shrimp doing their thing. I'm going to do something similar on my show tank. Doing this to experiment with types and placement.
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you do know that there are CFL bulbs that already have built in "moonlights" lol? still looks great regardless.




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Newman, Im not sure what you mean? The bulb I put in the fixture is a plain old screw in cfl. A bulb with moon lights built in would require a separate switch, right?
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This is a good thread to watch. All my bowls are powered by the sun. But now im interested in one not near a window so this is great info.
aquascaping in a round container still continues to escape me though.


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Old Photo but thats it. Ghetto.
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