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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-30-2015, 02:15 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for a new 5 gallon planted tank setup!

Hello all,

Just a brief introduction, I've kept several tanks before, 5g hex, 10g, 20g, 40g, but none of them have been planted tanks. I'm going into my 2nd year of college (moving out of the dorms and into a house) and wanted a little ecosystem of my own. Probably really low maintenance (because I'm an engineering major) low-light shrimp tank or maybe a dwarf pufferfish tank (since I've had them before). I'll also be doing this on a budget because, you know... college student. I also have old filters like an aqua clear 20 and aqua clear 55, driftwood, 5g hex/10g/20g/40g tanks.

I've done a bit of research myself and wanted something about 4 gallons and up. I've looked at the aqueon evolve 4, picotope, fluvals, etc. But unfortunately these are kind of old products and my petsmart doesn't carry them and their online prices are jacked up a bit.

So I've decided the best option is to buy a 5-gallon tank and that just leaves me with lighting issues. I have no idea where to start with the lighting issues but I've read of certain brands like finnex, fluval, catalina, etc, but a lot of these fixtures are too expensive.

Looking to save costs, I went on craigslist to investigate. I came across this ad.

But unfortunately the guy doesn't know what wattage/lumens the hood produces and I couldn't find anything online about "Aquarium Masters". He assures that its enough for low light plants but I have a suspicion that he's just trying to make a quick buck.

Does anyone have any experience with Aquarium Masters or could redirect me to a cheap lighting fixture for a low light 5 gallon tank?

TLDR: Is this enough for a low light planted tank setup? If not is there any cheaper alternatives/kits (that aren't too expensive/outdated) for a low light planted 5 gallon tank?
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Find a 5g hood that takes an incandescant bulb, and swap it for a twister florescent bulb. .. should be sufficient


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Fluval spec 5 is really cheap at the moment. Also include LED light and filtration. I bought two and it's good deal!

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