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10-14-2012, 10:03 PM #1Junior Member Guppy
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Increasing light via white paper or aluminum foil?
My tank is currently set up in a way which only 1 side is viewed. It's 20 watts on a ten gallon, which is apparently considered low light due to small tank size, however, if I were to line the three undisplayed sides of my aquarium with white paper, how significantly would that raise the light level?
Or is this a completely ridiculous idea lol.
10-14-2012, 10:09 PM #2
10-14-2012, 10:15 PM #3Junior Member Guppy
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Oh I have a java fern and java moss at the moment. The tank's just looking a bit empty, and I'm also just curious.
10-14-2012, 10:43 PM #4
10-14-2012, 11:16 PM #5
0Originally Posted by Essidi
The question that does matter is what type of light and fixture?
If you have the standard (roughly 18") 15 to 18 watt flourescent tube/bulb/lamp then yes, that is low to moderate lighting.
A nearly perfect, in my opinion, setup for 12" tall tanks is incandescent strip light fixtures with Sylvania, 23 watt, daylight, "Now smaller than ever", spiral compact bulbs.
Fortunately, there are a lot of plants that can thrive in your tank. A number of cryptocorynes, most stem plants, anubis, java ferns, etc.
10-26-2012, 11:01 AM #6
You can put a mirror as thats the best reflector of light. Remember when we were kids we would shine sunlight in the houses using small mirrors.
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10-26-2012, 12:08 PM #7
Putting any type of reflector around the tank will do little as far as increasing lighting to plants. Rather, add aluminum foil inside the light housing will increase lighting a good bit. Still, the best solution is a CFL bulb(s) of the correct temperature for plants (if your hood uses 'screw in' bulbs.Knowledge is fun(damental)
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10-26-2012, 01:45 PM #8
0Originally Posted by dbosman
A cheap solution is to go and get a clamp on light from a hardware store and buy cool white bulbs in the highest wattages available. A better solution, that would also be a little more aesthetically pleasing, is a T5 fixture. You probably won't need a T5HO fixture for that size tank.