Originally Posted by minnamom
I tried looking underneath the bulb to see if something is written on it, but except for the serial number,didn't find anything.It would be great if you could suggest a couple of bulbs(that aren't too expensive :) that would fit into this fixture .
I will check with the water company to know the hardiness of the tap water. I did check the PH of the tap water and it is the same as my tank (7.8)
We currently have 3 platies and 6 corys in the tank. We wanted something that would be slightly bigger than the platies that would live in harmony with the above fishes.I keep reading different things on compatibility of fishes all over the internet!!. Would a couple of angel fishes do ok in this setup(daughter wants them badly )? If not, could you suggest some that would work with this?
For this tank, the tube I use is a Life-Glo made by Hagen/NutraFin. It is the most expensive but it is excellent light, I use Life-Glo on all my single-tube tanks. A less expensive but near-identical is ZooMed's Ultra Sun; I can't buy these where I live, no store carries them, one that closed used to so I know they are good, and they were then a bit less in cost. If you can find it, they will work fine. Make sure you get T8. These people are making T5 tubes now, and they won't fit a T8 fixture. These tubes you get from fish stores; Petsmart I know carries the Life-Glo series, as do other stores and some carry the ZooMed line. There is also the Coralife 50/50 tube that I have not used, and I've no idea how cost compares.
Another option is a "daylight" tube from a hardware store. These will be very cheap, but I'm not sure if they come in all sizes; you want a 24-inch tube in T8. Phillips calls them Alto Daylight Deluxe with a kelvin of 6500K. Sylvania makes something similar, and I believe GE does. In these cases look for the kelvin rating, 6500K. Home Depot here carry Phillips, but only in some sizes.
To the angelfish, not in a 29g. This fish attains 6+ inches in length and has a fin span of more than 8 inches. It is best in a group of 5, 3 can sometimes work but a 29g will not house these for long. If you have firm plans for a 4-foot tank like a 55g within a few months, OK, but otherwise I would not. In a small space the angels can be nasty.
My suggestion for a 29g would be some smaller fish that shoal (group). This will provide more interest. Once we know the hardness numbers we can narrow down options.