Aquarium in need of an upgrade
First of all hello to everyone on here it's been a while since I posted any news. My question is I have an aquarium that was lit up by a (2)T5 light fixture and a compact flourescent light. The tank is a 90 gallon tank that now is lighted solely by the compact flourescent light it has 130 watts of light on it and the tank is planted and I'm supposed to get some plants today I bought online. The plants arriving today are for higher lighted aquarium and I know my lighting will be very low for these plants as they were grown under I believe it was 2-watts per gallon and I only have 1.4 watts over my tank now. Looking to give my aquarium better lighting and want to add some better lighting and not to sure about the lighting out there today as most of the fixtures are L.E.D's. So if anyone that has experience with these light fixtures and how they rate to plant life care to share there experience it will be greatly appreciated. I know that the prices are pretty pricey but energy costs will also be down. I do plan on keeping the compact flourescent in place as well to get full use of this fixture since it still is running. As to what happen to my T5 well lets say the fixture went into retirement it has given up it's ballast I believe burnt out and with the price of a new ballast I may be better off buying a new light fixture. I do still have the light fixture though so if anyone can give me a recommendation as to what I should do then go ahead I'm all open ears to your information. My aquarium is 48"w x 18"d x24"h. There will be some low light plants in this tank as well as the new high lighted plants. I will post after recieving the plants after they arrive to species. For now I have various crypts, baby tears, anubias, java fern, windelov, amazon swords, crispus, etc... The list goes on there are high lighted plants as well in this tank and have not been growing to well so this is why I have to get the new fixture.
I didn't mean to put this on the classified section so maybe someone can correct my post to where it belongs it wasn't meant to go here I guess I posted it when I was in the classified section of this web-site sorry for any misunderstandings I posted. There are no items for sale. I hope someone can correct this ad so there will be no confusion over the ad.
Have you looked at Aquatraders.com they have some nice lights for the money spent. I have no ties to them in anyway but did purchase a t5 48" light for plants for what seemed like a steal.
Try Craigslist...you can find some pretty decent stuff for cheap!
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These were the plants that came in my package and this is why I may need the extra lighting I have them under just 1.4 watts per gallon they are in my 20 long and I may need to place them in my 90 gallon after several weeks to make sure they are not carring parasites or pest snails. They will then go into my 90 gallon the problem is that tank is also low lighted tank so I'll try to keep you updated with this build there will be pictures of the tank when I learn how I can go about doing so . I hope you guys can link to these sites as to see what they look like. Never the less I will keep doing research on the fixtures available for the depth of the tank and how to luminate this tank with the much needed extra light that these plants will need.
What I did on my tank is just use CFLs.. I purchased the clamp shop lights / chicken brooder lights and used 6500k CFLs in there. The watts per gallon rule doesn't really work anymore because different types of bulbs are designed to emit the same sort light at different watt levels. I don't know how many would be needed for a higher lighting level on your tank, but I've got 3 13watt cfls on my 28 gal. You could obviously go with some of the larger cfls (I think they're like 23 watts?
Also, Craigslist is all about negotiations so if the price is too high, make an offer you find fair. They may not take you up on it.. but if they do, you can score a deal!
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I am also a member to a fishclub called "The Greater City Aquarium Society", they are going to have a silent auction coming up 8/1/12 just a couple of days away. Here people bring in unwanted fish accessories sort of like a flea market for pet stuff. Sometimes they have light fixtures here as well and maybe I can pick up a steel. I also was recommended that wrought with the CFL lights I was on another website where they had these cones that reflect even more light into the tanks. It was on a website can't quite remember the name at the moment. I may see what I intend to do so still in the process of looking at my options trying to get some information on line is so hard because of the so many different options when you look up something is just overwhelming the hours of information that you can go through to find out that the old school way of lighting is just uselless in the application of light intensity someone should come up with a new chart for different depths of aquariums and how many of T5, compact flourescents, and or LED's needed to get the proper light spectrums for the different types of plants that people want to choose.
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