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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-17-2007, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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5g minibow

Hello everyone! This is my first post, but I've been doing some reading on this forum and this seems like a great place to find advice and information. So my question is, I'm thinking of setting up a 5g minibow tank at my dorm room. I want to be able to grow some medium light plants, as I have a low light 29g at home and want to try something a little more challenging. I've heard that the lighting on the minibows can be upgraded, but I was wondering what specific light bulbs can be used. So far I've only seen spiral compact fluorescents that seem like they'd be too big for the hood. Also, is it a good idea to switch out the included filter for another one like an AC mini or red sea nano?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-18-2007, 01:50 AM
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Welcome Regarding lighting, there's a $19.99 desk lamp with a 27 watt compact fluorescent bulb @ Home Depot. Pretty much any compact fluorescent desk lamp will do, or if you get incandescent, use a spiral bulb...halogen produces mucho heat.

Or you can check out the Coralife Mini compact flourescent hoods (the freshwater one).

http://www.marinedepot.com/ps_AquariumPage~PageAlias~lighting_powercompact_co mpact-fluorescent_coralife_mini_aqualight_lamp_fixtures. html

There's also these (I have one on my 3 gallon, it's in my pic in profile):


Regarding filtration, I'd get an Aquaclear mini. I have the Red Sea for my 3 gallon, and if I had a 5 gallon, I'd get a bigger filter, the Red Sea clogs fast.

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I have a 6 gal bow

I use a 27 watt PC 6500k bulb in this ProLight fixture by a company called Up-Aqua I believe they are Korean.

But ya ou could just pick up a nice looking deskLamp model for cheap.

I also use a AquaClear50 for filtration with a pre filter on the intake. Might be alittle overkill but I like the results and flow.

I dose Excel at the moment Or I end up with algae problems. If you can afford it I would reccomend going pressurized.
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Thank you both for the advice! Since I'll already have the incandescent hood I think I'd prefer to just use a spiral bulb for now and perhaps upgrade the lighting later on once I get the hang of things. I saw some 19W mini spiral bulbs online that look like they'll work, what kind of plants could I expect to grow under this lighting?
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you can grow pretty much anything with that lighting, with proper co2 and nutrients
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make sure your bulbs are the right color/temperature. on the package it should say 'Day light' or 6700K. it's the best color (that you can get a twisty bulb in) to grow plants. i have 26W over my 5.5 and i do weekly trimmings with my rotala. you'll be able to grow most plants with 19W, provided you add ferts and CO2.

oh and if you can get an AGA 5.5 tank instead of a mini bow, mini bows are acrylic and scratch easy.

for filters you could go with a Zoomed 501 canister. those seem popular for nanos.

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For the 5 gal mini bow, just get a spiral 6700k light bulb and to replace the heat lamp that comes with that kit. i believe 15w will fit without modification. and it will grow medium light plants quite well.

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