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Old 05-09-2009, 12:46 PM   #1
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Question Is there something cheaper for 60G tank?

I'm trying to find a cheapish fixture for my 60G so I can start planting it. I'm trying to get enough lighting to grow a good amount of plants, without having to add ferts or co2.

I was thinking about buying an A H Supply 2x 55W compact bulb kit. It would fit the full 48in across and will give me about 2wpg.

It will cost me $116.92 for the kit and 2 bulbs.

Is there anything cheaper that will get me around that lighting, or is this the best i'll be able to do?
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That is probably the best you're gonna do and gives you a good amount of light. All you'll need with that is an enclosure...which can be cheap to build. An already built fixture will be alot more than that.....and fluorescent fixtures won't give you enough light for good plant choices IMO.
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If you want to go really cheap, get 2 T8 shop lights at the hardware store. Make sure you get one with an electronic ballast. If your canopy allows, you can mount the shoplights inside, or get a glass top & hang the shop lights from the ceiling. If you are really into DIY, you can gut the shop lights, & using the parts, mount 4 T-8 lights inside your existing (or build your own new) canopy. <The last is what I did.>

4 t8's will give you 128W, just right for your 60 gal low/med light.

Costs for me: 2 shop light ~$35, 4x daylight 48" T8 ~ $12, 2 glass tops ~$40, material for DIY Canopy ~ $20.
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Are you ever gonna want to upgrade later for those medium/high light plants? What's cheapest now might not be in the long run if so. i've learned that lesson trying to go the cheapest route. might want to just go with something like this and only use half of it for now.
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Are you ever gonna want to upgrade later for those medium/high light plants? What's cheapest now might not be in the long run if so. i've learned that lesson trying to go the cheapest route. might want to just go with something like this and only use half of it for now.

I would love to do that, problem is that that is way out of my price range. Even if I do plan to upgrade I could always just buy another 1x96W from the ah supply and it would be just a little mroe then what you suggest and then I would have to worry about spending at ton at the beginning, more liek half and half.
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If you want to go really cheap, get 2 T8 shop lights at the hardware store. Make sure you get one with an electronic ballast. If your canopy allows, you can mount the shoplights inside, or get a glass top & hang the shop lights from the ceiling. If you are really into DIY, you can gut the shop lights, & using the parts, mount 4 T-8 lights inside your existing (or build your own new) canopy. <The last is what I did.>

4 t8's will give you 128W, just right for your 60 gal low/med light.

Costs for me: 2 shop light ~$35, 4x daylight 48" T8 ~ $12, 2 glass tops ~$40, material for DIY Canopy ~ $20.

Think you could give me some links for the shop lights, daylight bulbs, and glass tops?
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I just bought a brand new Current Nova X2 T5HO fixture on ebay for $50 + $20 shipping . Watch ebay and craigslist and you will find a better deal than the AH kit. Theres a few compact florescent fixtures on craigslist around here for $50-75
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I just bought a brand new Current Nova X2 T5HO fixture on ebay for $50 + $20 shipping . Watch ebay and craigslist and you will find a better deal than the AH kit. Theres a few compact florescent fixtures on craigslist around here for $50-75

Well see my local craigs list is dumb and never has good stuff like everyone else, and I don't use eBay, just don't trust it very well lol.
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I also was going to suggest catalinaquarium.com or call them at 916-381/3551 and talk to them they built my light and I told them that I would probably want to upgrade to higher light latter so they left room in my fixture so that I could add another ballist to it latter. They are really easy to work with !!!!!!
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