Lighting for 35 gallon Hex - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-09-2014, 02:06 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
dcutl002's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Smithfield, Va.
Posts: 687
Lighting for 35 gallon Hex

Hello, I have been given a 35 gallon Hexagon tank for FREE by a co-worker and I am trying to figure the lighting situation out on this tank.

Here is what I have done thus far: the substrate is CaribSea Floramax(about 3-4 inches deep), the tank is cycling with a Betta , the filter is a Marineland Penguin 150 from an established tank with plenty of little bacteria critters. The water is neutral, and surprisingly there is no ammonia...yet.

What I want: I want to put plants in this tank which is why I put the floramax in. The problem is lighting. What type of light can give me a successful planted tank? Must I go with a 175W, 6500K metal halide pendant? (I hear that they get really hot). Or is there a T5 or LED unit that can do the job? I would love to go with LED, but I have never had that type of unit. I read mixed reviews on LEDs and am not sure if I want to spend money on a light that will not do the job. CO2 is not a problem. I am willing to buy another regulator, bubble counter, diffuser, etc. I have no idea of the type of plants that I want yet. I do like cryptocornes and ferns. I like the carpet look but am unsure if that is possible for me with the height of this tank.

Thanks in advance
dcutl002 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-09-2014, 08:56 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
Kat12's Avatar
 
PTrader: (17/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: USA
Posts: 1,306
I use a clamp lamp with metal dome and all my plants are doing great.
Kat12 is offline  
post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-09-2014, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
dcutl002's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Smithfield, Va.
Posts: 687
OK. where can I find one of these?
dcutl002 is offline  
 
post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-09-2014, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
dcutl002's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Smithfield, Va.
Posts: 687
how many watts? how many kelvin? 6500? What brand?
dcutl002 is offline  
post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-09-2014, 10:25 AM
OVT
Carpe Diem
 
OVT's Avatar
 
PTrader: (144/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: NorCal
Posts: 7,470
Quote:
Originally Posted by dcutl002 View Post
how many watts? how many kelvin? 6500? What brand?
Search TPT - all your answers are already here.

Start with 2 18 or 24w. Wal-Mart, Home Depot, etc. Daylight @,5000K to 6700K. Ecosmart, GE, Phillips, etc. ~$10 for a pack of 4.

Maybe spend some more $ and get ZooMed Double Deep Dome Mini fixture for ~$20. No way to hang it? Check out ZooMed Large Lamp Stand, ~ another $20.

$50 total and you are 90% there.

v3

Courtesy * Integrity * Perseverance * Indominable Spirit * and Self Control
Tenets of TKD
OVT is online now  
post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-09-2014, 03:04 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
Kat12's Avatar
 
PTrader: (17/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: USA
Posts: 1,306
mine was about $6 at walmart and I use a standard cfl bulb
Kat12 is offline  
post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-09-2014, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
dcutl002's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Smithfield, Va.
Posts: 687
OK. Cool. That looks like it is worth a try!
dcutl002 is offline  
post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-09-2014, 10:11 PM
Algae Grower
 
t2ak's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: United States
Posts: 77
I switched to these recently and I am thoroughly impressed. I am running 3 23w daylight bulbs(may have to go lowew wattage or raise them due to my tank size). The difference in my plants in just a week has been amazing. whole setup including a 3 port extension cord cost me about $38 if i remember right. That Includes a 6 pack of bulbs off amazon


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
t2ak is offline  
post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-11-2014, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
dcutl002's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Smithfield, Va.
Posts: 687
Thanks. I'll try it.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
dcutl002 is offline  
post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-15-2014, 07:30 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
Kat12's Avatar
 
PTrader: (17/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: USA
Posts: 1,306






this is with just a standard CFL 100w bulb.
Kat12 is offline  
post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-16-2014, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
dcutl002's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Smithfield, Va.
Posts: 687
Wow! That's nice.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
dcutl002 is offline  
post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-16-2014, 12:46 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
Kat12's Avatar
 
PTrader: (17/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: USA
Posts: 1,306
this was end of Nov and really not added any plants since them other than like 2 stems and a thing of java fern.

Kat12 is offline  
post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-16-2014, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
dcutl002's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Smithfield, Va.
Posts: 687



Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
dcutl002 is offline  
post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-16-2014, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
dcutl002's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Smithfield, Va.
Posts: 687
I went with the Kessil 150AW Amazon Sun. The plants are supposed to arrive tomorrow from AquariumPlants.com. I love this light! The shimmer is awesome. Hopefully this is a good light...the reviews are good.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
dcutl002 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