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View Poll Results: Which lighting option would you choose? (Explain below)
CP Fluoro Desk Lamp avg. 27 watts (Home Depot Special) 21 53.85%
Coralife Mini Freshwater Aqualight 18 watts 12 30.77%
Other 6 15.38%
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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-19-2007, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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Poll - Lighting for Nano's

I have a 2.5 gallon nano that I am considering different options for lighting.

Which would you choose and why?
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Here is my 2.5 gallon with the coralife, it will grow everything that I have tried
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The desk lamp is pretty.
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Yes, I have the Coralife too! It works great! Grows HC well.
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The HD desklamp (27w) works well for me.



I have the lamp raised up for the photo, it's normally closer to the surface of the water.

~2 gallons, Lobelia cardinalis, Blyxa japonica, HC, moss.

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John, how do you get away with 13.5 wts per gal.? All that I have read warns about algae problems with too much light and no CO2.
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John, how do you get away with 13.5 wts per gal.? All that I have read warns about algae problems with too much light and no CO2.
On small tanks, WPG doesn't apply in the same way as it would on large tanks.

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I have a minbow 2.5 gallon, and i use a spiral 15w 6500k bulb. cost me $4 and requires no modification.

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I have a Freshwater Aqualight on my 2.5 gallon, looks clean with a good DIY mounting job.
I think the cleanest look would be a Current Single Satellite with a Dual Daylight bulb (a little more costly due to having to swap out the full/actinic bulb). I would have done it for my 2.5 gallon but I had a Top Fin 10 filter on the side which fit perfect but wouldn't accommodate the 12" fixture with it on.

I had a 9w (from a Picotope) on my 1 gallon, and had a little algae, but for no CO2 it was very acceptable and not much of it, a little green stuff here and there. I upgraded to a 13 watt Galaxy II, and I have hair algae the likes of which I've never seen now, and I dose Excel and ferts. I think I'm going to drop it back down to 10 watts.
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I voted "other". I have an AH supply 13 watt kit right over my 2.5, and it will grow anything, including tons of algae if the tank is out of whack.

The 6700k bulb looks great, and it is easy to make a nice looking box to put it in.
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home depot special for sure. they just look more contemporary and clean imo.


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waterfaller - what Yoshi said ...

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I have the Coralife mini aqualight and it's a great light. But I would buy the Home Depot one if I had room and because it's cheaper for more light.


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Personally i prefer to make my own lighting using good old ingenuity and screw in straight tube Lights of America Compact Fluourescent bulbs. I've kept Glosso, swordplants, and some other higher-light requiring plants under these lights with great success. I have 65 watts of screw in glory over my 20 gallon long, and have also used it over my 2.5 gallon (20 watter...) with much success.

i usually build a small wood hood with a simple screw in base from the hardware store, wire it up, seal the wiring with heat shink, and go to town!

I find this the most flexible option for small tanks.





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I just know I'd end up eletrocuting myself if I tried anything like that rig, looks good though.
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