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Boredomb 11-16-2011 08:06 PM

Cheap lighting option?
I been trying to find a fixture to use for my 40gallon breeder tank. The dimensions are as follows 36x18x16. This will a planted tank so need something that will work well for them. I was trying to find a dual T8 fixture in that size but haven't had any luck. I did find some T5NO fixtures that size but they are just a little to expensive and just a few more dollars and I could get a T5HO for it. I don't really want to go that route so was wondering if anyone had some ideas what I could use?

Calmwaters 11-16-2011 08:38 PM

Boredomb 11-16-2011 08:45 PM

Well that would work not to fond of the price to have it shipped lol
Thanks though at least I know they are out there. I and didn't even think to look on Ebay lol

Calmwaters 11-16-2011 08:50 PM

Here is another one thats even cheaper:
Fish TankTop,36"Aquarium flipup Lid with Flourecent Light.Has glass under light | eBay
and then one more:

looked at Lowes first but they didn't have one and I love ebay so I looked there next. ; )

spkehl 11-16-2011 09:55 PM

I use shop lights from Lowes with daylight bulbs on some of my tanks. They are 48 in with dual T-8 bulbs. They were around $20 for the fixture and bulbs.

Boredomb 11-16-2011 10:24 PM

I thought about that would just like something that "fits" the tank though. A 48" light over a 36" tank is a little big.
I do however get my bulbs from there for that reason. Lol

spkehl 11-17-2011 08:06 AM

I have my tanks on a 48 in rack. I just hang it from the shelf above the tank. I use glass tops.
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MinaMinaMina 11-17-2011 08:37 AM

I know that there's info out there on the interwebs about how to use a hardware store strip light and gutter material to make one, if that's up your alley. But I'm also exploring options, so I'm keeping an eye on this thread, especially for inexpensive but good looking lighting options!

Only One Haze 11-17-2011 09:28 AM

If you are up for some DIY, like Mina said you could do the rain gutter with CFLs. I am doing something similar to that but with the hood that came on my 30 gallon (also 36") since the lights that were in it didnt not work. So if you could find just the light chamber part you could retrofit come CFLs into that. Here is the link I am following:

There are also these, but dont fit/sit on the tank like you are after:
Shop Bayco 150-Watt Incandescent Portable Work Light at

Mikaila31 11-17-2011 09:30 AM

Most home improvement stores should sell a light that size. Both dual T8's and single or dual NOT5 fixtures.

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