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Deanna01 05-22-2013 11:18 AM

30" plant lighting with full, lidded hood?
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Hi, all. I currently have the Aqueon Deluxe hood (single T8) for my betta sorority NPT, but I would prefer a T5 double fixture or something equally good for plants. I am having no luck, however, finding anything that is also fully lidded, and I need that because the betta may jump. Can any of you recommend anything? My Google-fu is pretty good, but it's failing me for this. Will something other than T5 work well? Am I wrong in thinking I need more than this single light?

jentralala 05-22-2013 12:14 PM

I think you're fine with the light you have, depending on the bulb that's in it. What bulb do you have?

I worry that with a T5, you'd run into some nasty algae issues with so much bright light.

ShukiAi 05-22-2013 12:28 PM

I actually was just talking to Byron about this same issue. I have a 30g, 30 inch tank and I was wondering what T8 tube to get. He suggested the Hagen Life-Glo or the ZooMed UltraSun tubes. These lights are said to do the trick with low and moderate light plants. So you shouldn't need to get anything more than the single T8 tube. Hope this helps! :-D

JDM 05-22-2013 02:39 PM

As an alternative you good get a glass lid then you can put whatever you want over it. I have an LED fixture over mine and it works very well. The glass keeps ALL the moisture in the tank where it belongs... I lose more water to testing than I do from evaporation. I never liked the bulky look of a hood. Check my awuarium shots in my profile if you want to see what it looks like... with LED anyway.


fish monger 05-23-2013 08:11 AM

I agree that the glass covers, such as the Versa aquarium covers are the way to go when fixtures don't include a full enclosure. They're hinged, so they provide convenient access to the tank for maintenance. For some reason, full hoods for 30 gallon tanks seem to leave a lot of area on the sides that are not so well lighted. I can understand why you want to make a change. The single tube hood over my 30 gallon just doesn't seem to cut it.

ShukiAi 05-23-2013 12:34 PM

So I ended up buying the Life-Glo tube yesterday, put it in and I'm absolutely amazed. :shock: The brightness and quality of the light is fantastic! It lights up my whole 30g tank wonderfully. Just thought I'd let you know. :-D

jentralala 05-23-2013 01:06 PM

Pictures! :D

JDM 05-23-2013 01:13 PM


Originally Posted by jentralala (Post 2129313)
Pictures! :D

Beat me to it.:-D


Deanna01 05-23-2013 02:50 PM

Thanks, all! I had bought a Zoo-Med Flora-Sun tube yesterday, which is advertised as being great for plants. It doesn't necessarily look brighter, but there is something much different about the spectrum of it, and it brings out the colors in my betta girls beautifully! I will see how it works before going the route of getting a glass canopy and so on.

Deanna01 05-23-2013 02:58 PM

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In comparison to the earlier picture, which was under full-spectrum, here's a picture under the Flora-Sun. Several of these girls looked almost the same color before, and you can tell now that they're definitely not.

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