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uksub 02-10-2009 07:11 AM

Lights for a 180g FOWLR
Hi Chaps
I'm still very new to the hobby, so please bear with me! I'm slowly setting up a 180g FOWLR system (6'x2'x2'). Got it pretty much plumbed up, got my pumps, made my sump, found a nice AquaC skimmer. But I've not got any lights yet. I'm trying to set this up on a tight budget. Can anyone advise on some suitable lights for my application? Looking for second hand stuff to help the rapidly increasing budget!
I'd be very grateful for any ideas / input..
Thanks in advance..

onefish2fish 02-10-2009 07:59 AM

are you ever planning on turning it into a reef tank? flouresant bulbs will do but you may want to think about future plans

uksub 02-10-2009 08:10 AM

No, no plans for any reef....If I really get into the hobby I would look at another tank...

onefish2fish 02-10-2009 08:19 AM

then honestly this would prob. be more then enough Fluorescent Aquarium Lighting: Triple Tube Strip Lights

im not saying purchase this fixture or dont purchase it or to do so from this company - just a refference.
id prob. throw in these Fluorescent Aquarium Lighting: Zoo Med Reef Sun Fluorescent Bulbs

you could honestly even do a 2 bulb setup, keep an eye out on you could even post a wanted add, look on ebay, shop around.

Kellsindell 02-10-2009 11:22 AM

Basically any lights that you like, don't hurt your eyes, aren't too yellow or blue (for your liking)... you can do whatever you want. There's no specific colors or light demand for LR. It'll grow coraline in the dark and grows really cool sponges too. Just check out a few and heck, you can even go to walmart, find a cheap fixture and bulbs and viola! cheep lights, that's what i did for a while. It only cost me like $20 for every thing if not less.

onefish2fish 02-10-2009 03:02 PM

home depot or a hardware store is a great place to look for flouresent strip light fixtures.

Aquamarine 02-18-2009 01:02 PM

Is there any non-fluorescent setup that doesn't require changing lamps every 6 months?

Thanks in advance.

Kellsindell 02-18-2009 03:45 PM

Florecent bulbs last longer then 6mo. Depending on the type of bulb you get they can last 1 a year or 1.5years(so they say) if you get T5. They are actually the longest lifed bulbs. Incadecent and MH are shorter lived then them.

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