Converting incandescent hood to flourescent
Hi, I have a 14-gallon tank. It's the same width as a 10-gallon tank, but a little taller. The setup came with a hood w/ two 15-watt incandescent light bulbs. My fish store guy said I should use flourescent instead. The tank is Aqueon brand and I'm looking at these lights as replacements. Has anyone done this? Any tips?
More about my tank:
Fish Friends - 14 gallon Freshwater fish tank
Thanks so much!
For a 14 gallon tank, if its planted, two CFLs rated between 14-18 watts would be good unless you have really demanding plants and c02 supplementation.
Hope I was helpful!
Thanks so much. Very helpful! I'll look for the CFLs. I think my plants will do a lot better with different light. :)
Agreed. Just a heads up: Wal-Mart sells a screw-in CFL in their aquarium section for $4-5 a piece that's perfect in these applications. Sometimes regular screw-in CFL's (the ones designed to replace regular light bulbs around the house) are too fat to fit into those incandescent hood fixtures.
They'll probably be a tight fit being fairly wide, but their shorter length than incandescents usually means the reflector in the hood will work better.
The CFL minis at wall mart are 9.99 for a 2pk where I live. If you have plants, I would go with cool white. (since full spectrum are so expensive... Everyone said they cast an unatural light, but I tried some in my tank once and it liiked fine to me.)
I use 14/18/23 watt bulbs from fleetfarm and Home Depot. Fleetfarm has the better 6500K bulbs, while HD has 5500K bulbs both will work fine. They are advertised as daylight bulbs. Its about $10 for a pack of (4) 14 watt bulbs.
My 15gal is doing just fine with 2 14 watt bulbs on it.
Thanks everyone! This is really helpful. We don't have Wal-Mart in NYC but I can go to Home Depot.
Compact fluorescent lights are the best. I got off mines at doctorsfosterandsmith.com for a good deal
i bought some screw in CFLs from lowes home improvement a while back that were 14 watt and were spirals, but were small spirals. i need to spend some money and see which ones fit in my different screw in hoods and which dont. I used 10 watt aquarium bulbs that were the linear style in my 5.5g hood, ill do some experimenting
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