Aquarium lighting Idea - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 Old 06-29-2010, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Aquarium lighting Idea

I have a 60 watt regular base "Agro-Lite For the acceleration of indoor plant growth". Would this bulb work for plants and fish too? I have a pretty nice set up if this will work for the plants and the fish.

I'm trying to work with a budget in mind for this planted tank. The bulbs are $4 each and the fictures are $15 each. Whats everyone think?

1 Regular Pleco (4-5 years old), 6 Clown Loaches, 1 Giant Danio (4-5 years old), 3 Koi
62.5g tank

Fish in Cycling. Reedfish, 10 ghost shrimp.
House for the royals
33g long

Striped Raphael catfish, 2 royal pleco.
25g tank

50+ Convict Cichlids babies
15g hex tank
R.I.P Jaws - 18" Pleco ~10 years old.
R.I.P Giant Danio ~5 years old.
Zooty is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 3 Old 06-29-2010, 09:40 PM
New Member
 
In general, incandescent bulbs shouldnt be used for plants. I have noticed walmart has started selling 23 watt 6500K CFL bulbs in a 2 pack for like $5. These bulbs would be a better choice and will produce much more light than a 60 watt incandescent plant bulb.
FuzzAz is offline  
post #3 of 3 Old 06-30-2010, 02:21 PM
Member
 
Byron's Avatar
 
I agree. Compact Fluorescent bulbs are a vast improvement, making incandescent lighting a viable option for smaller aquaria. A natural daylight (having a kelvin rating around 6500K) is the best overall choice, as it provides what the plants need (blue and red colour) but balances it with green so colours appear natural.

They also use far less energy, which saves money too. Get the smallest wattage you can, remembering that 13w of CF is equivalent to something like 40w of regular, so you are getting the intensity without the energy waste.

Byron.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
Byron is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Aquarium lighting dealrocker Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 2 02-08-2010 11:01 PM
potted aquarium plants idea! abunari Beginner Planted Aquarium 1 02-02-2010 02:06 PM
Aquarium Lighting? Jo Freshwater and Tropical Fish 3 10-25-2008 01:05 PM
aquarium lighting sinadyan Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 4 05-27-2008 08:41 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not 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