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post #1 of 7 Old 07-14-2008, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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Need lighting help

Hello all, I have a 55 gal tank, it roughly 48 L x 18 H x 12 D

I dont have any kind of light on it and I am going to buy one. Ive done some searches and haven't gotten exact answers to my questions!

First off, I don't want anything HIGH dollar (over 150$ or so), considering just a cheap all glass hood I belive it is, but open to ideas! My tank currently has no plants but am considering getting some someday. Tank mostly has silverish color fish, most tetras.

I have read that certain types of bulbs/watts will make algea grow more rapid. I see that there are many kinds of bulbs (full spectrum, high k rating, 50/50, plant, color enhancing, actinic) which is best bulbs and what range of K should I be looking for. Which bulbs should I stear clear of.

Also, as far as the fixture itself. Is there an advantage of a hood style light vs a glass top with light fixture.

I hope someone can give me some advice and steer me in right direction, Im pulling my hair out over reading about a frickin light for my fish LOL
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-16-2008, 06:49 PM
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You could go with the standard T-8 lights, or get the more economical T-5 lighting or compact florescent fixtures (if you want plants those are a better option anyways). I use this type on my 29 gallon (http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS...lestriplight48)and it works pretty good and came with bulbs that you'd generally use of freshwater tanks.

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post #3 of 7 Old 07-17-2008, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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OMG God you guys are killing me!! LOL!

Ok back to the lighting ?....... Since I got link above, I have been checking out some more lights, now I notice there are T5, T8, and T12 bulbs, they aren't interchangable correct? If so what is the most common, I see alot of T8 bulbs for sale.

If I go with a light strip and put a glass top on tank, does the glass effect the "rays" of the light?!
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-17-2008, 01:43 PM
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As far as the cover...If you're handy and have access to cutting tools you could make your own acrylic top for the tank. It's a pretty easy project,cut the acrylic, cut off a front part that opens, add hinges and a handle... Might be a little less pleasant if your tank is a bowfront, but still doable. All of the materials are available at any Home Depot or Lowes. A band saw would probably be your best bet for cutting, and a belt sander to clean up the edges if you have it, ohterwise sandpaper and elbow grease will do. A hand drill to start the screw holes. That's about it really.

As for the light, if you aren't growing plants then just by a cheapo light & fixture and forget about it. The fish won't care. If you get too much algae growth with a cheapo light than you're either running it too long or you're not keeping the Nitrates under control.
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As far as the cover...If you're handy and have access to cutting tools you could make your own acrylic top for the tank. It's a pretty easy project,cut the acrylic, cut off a front part that opens, add hinges and a handle... Might be a little less pleasant if your tank is a bowfront, but still doable. All of the materials are available at any Home Depot or Lowes. A band saw would probably be your best bet for cutting, and a belt sander to clean up the edges if you have it, ohterwise sandpaper and elbow grease will do. A hand drill to start the screw holes. That's about it really.
Any idea on how much it would cost to make an acrylic top for a ten gallon? Or just if the acrylic is expensive? I really need a top for my ten gallon, I have to top it off like every other day due to evaporation

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Any idea on how much it would cost to make an acrylic top for a ten gallon? Or just if the acrylic is expensive? I really need a top for my ten gallon, I have to top it off like every other day due to evaporation
That where Im at and why I was considering a hood for my tank! I loose about 1/4" to 3/4" of water a day!
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Any idea on how much it would cost to make an acrylic top for a ten gallon? Or just if the acrylic is expensive? I really need a top for my ten gallon, I have to top it off like every other day due to evaporation
That where Im at and why I was considering a hood for my tank! I loose about 1/4" to 3/4" of water a day!
It's annoying ain't it?? Plus that ten gallons in my room... Like right beside my bed so if I have leave it for a couple days I'll have to top it off at like 2 in the morning and my parents are always yelling about how much noise the water pipes make when I do my wee hours of the morning tank maintenance

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