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  1. Default Cheap lighting to good to be true?


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    I am currently working on setting up a 55g planted tank. I would like to have a least 2watts per gallon but 3 wpg would be prefered.

    After shopping around for a while I have discovered that lighting can be rather expensive.

    I'm really anxious to set up my aquarium so I dont have the patience to save up for expensive lights.

    So, my question is, are the cheaper lights that are available too good to be true? Will they break in a week or even worse burn down my house?

    Here is an example of one of the better deals that I have found:
    http://www.aquatraders.com/index.asp...rodID=293&HS=1

    If this is not a good option does anyone have any other inexpensive ideas?

    Any advice is appreaciated!

    P.S. I dont mind if I have to buy new lighting in about a year. I just really want to get my new tank set up as soon as possible.

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    That's a saltwater light I believe altho I don't know much about lights. Check out the others he offers. A 3 light fixture without the blue blubs would give you more than the 3 watts per gallon you want. Nice site. I need lights myself so thanks for the good link.

    According to this ad, they are tossing in one white and one blue light so you'll have to buy the others.

    Back to say this is a great site!!!! I've been wanting a 65 watt 24 inch and have been pricing them at around $70. Great prices here. I may order the 48 inch 2 white lights for my 55 gallon. That would be nearly 3 watts per gallon.
    Last edited by Lady Hobbs; 05-23-2007 at 03:33 PM.

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    Even if I had to buy new bulbs it would still be cheaper than what I have seen elsewhere.

    I am just worried that it will break on me.

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    Just check if the bulbs of this lamps are compatible with Osram bulbs (means if Osram bulbs fit into this equipement).

    Osram has lots of different "lightcolors" including special bulbs for planted tanks.

    Now lighting an aquarium is a science for itself

    Andrea

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    What confuses me is the legs to these lights! I've read several places that you don't use the legs over glass tops. Well.........???????? What do you do, leave the top off the tank? My fish would jump out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs
    What confuses me is the legs to these lights! I've read several places that you don't use the legs over glass tops. Well.........???????? What do you do, leave the top off the tank? My fish would jump out.
    use a thin sheet of lexan (plexiglass) and cut just enough out for the feet to attach and for filter clearance.
    55 gal lightly planted mbuna

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    Really? I wanted to use all glass tops and place my lights on the glass but I guess too many watts would heat the tank too much or break the glass? Won't the plexiglass get cloudy and icky looking. Why don't they make tops that can be used with these? Let me know if you want me to ask you even more questions! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by octopus44
    I am currently working on setting up a 55g planted tank. I would like to have a least 2watts per gallon but 3 wpg would be prefered.

    After shopping around for a while I have discovered that lighting can be rather expensive.

    I'm really anxious to set up my aquarium so I dont have the patience to save up for expensive lights.

    So, my question is, are the cheaper lights that are available too good to be true? Will they break in a week or even worse burn down my house?

    Here is an example of one of the better deals that I have found:
    http://www.aquatraders.com/index.asp...rodID=293&HS=1

    If this is not a good option does anyone have any other inexpensive ideas?

    Any advice is appreaciated!

    P.S. I dont mind if I have to buy new lighting in about a year. I just really want to get my new tank set up as soon as possible.
    I have never heard of this brand but the bulbs alone are worth 99 dollars. Keep in mind that you would need to replace the actinic bulbs for a planted tank which could cost you between 30 and 80 dollars depending on which brand you went with. I do not know if it would break or not, but it could be worth it.

    One thing to keep in mind, is that light has some serious power. It would give you close to 4.5 watts per gallon. You would need pressurized CO2 to keep the algae away.

    I have 192 watts over a 46 gallon tank, but I can only run one 96 watt bulb with my DIY CO2 system because of algae. I need CO@ but it is not in the budget. (stupid shrimp tank).
    46g planted tank:
    Pearl Gouramis, New Guinea Red Rainbowfish, Siamese algae eaters, Yoyo Loaches, Zebrafish, oto cats, L114 (aka Leopard cactus pleco)

    30g planted tank:
    Celestial Pearl Danios, Red Cherry Shrimp

    20g long planted tank:
    N strain Endlers Live bearers

    5 gallon:
    Half moon betta (blue body, Yellow fins)

    Pictures and My Blog

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    The most expensive bulb I'm seeing is $24.

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    The coralifes are 27.99 at bigalsonline. So it looks like I over estimated a little. I know my 96 watt bulbs that are one size up are 50 dollars at my LFS, and went from there.

    On line he should be able to get them for 30 to 60 dollars plus shipping. keep in mind that it has two actinic bulbs and he would want to replace both of them. The price I was quoting reflected buying two bulbs.
    46g planted tank:
    Pearl Gouramis, New Guinea Red Rainbowfish, Siamese algae eaters, Yoyo Loaches, Zebrafish, oto cats, L114 (aka Leopard cactus pleco)

    30g planted tank:
    Celestial Pearl Danios, Red Cherry Shrimp

    20g long planted tank:
    N strain Endlers Live bearers

    5 gallon:
    Half moon betta (blue body, Yellow fins)

    Pictures and My Blog

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