Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > General Hardware/Equipment Discussion

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 03-29-2012, 12:46 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
ocminpin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Orange County, CA
Posts: 2,279
Send a message via AIM to ocminpin Send a message via Yahoo to ocminpin Send a message via Skype™ to ocminpin
Lighting & Top for 10g

I have a 10g tank I just set up one happy Betta in and realized the bulky plastic hood and little incandescent 15w bulbs don't do ANYTHING for his color.
Within the next few months I'd like to set up a lid of some kind (plastic with hinge opening or glass top) that I can set a light strip on.
I want to be able to grow plants also....
What would your suggestions be?
First on the lid.... (aside from Craigslist--- I'm looking) I'm willing to go to Home Depot and have glass cut... But how easily would i be able to get into the tank? I've seen glass tops at Petsmart with a hinge..

What light strip/light for low light plants and what type would I need for medium/high light plants?

Open to all comments, ideas & suggestions...
Thank you!
__________________

__________________
ocminpin
ocminpin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2012, 01:35 PM   #2
come get me tang police!
Community Moderator
 
jetajockey's Avatar


 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: In a swamp near you /Pensacola, FL
Posts: 11,360
Hi ocminpin. Honestly the best thing you can do is quite simple, just replace the incandescents with daylight/full spectrum CFL bulbs. It'll give you more than enough light to be in the medium range and costs less than $10.

Just make sure that the bulbs aren't too wide to fit into the housing, but if they are you can just get some narrow ones that they make specifically for aquarium fixtures, they are found in walmart and most LFS.
__________________

__________________
Dont Forget to Join my FREE weekly Plant Giveaway.
Click Here!
jetajockey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2012, 01:38 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
ocminpin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Orange County, CA
Posts: 2,279
Send a message via AIM to ocminpin Send a message via Yahoo to ocminpin Send a message via Skype™ to ocminpin
Quote:
Originally Posted by jetajockey
Hi ocminpin. Honestly the best thing you can do is quite simple, just replace the incandescents with daylight/full spectrum CFL bulbs. It'll give you more than enough light to be in the medium range and costs less than $10.

Just make sure that the bulbs aren't too wide to fit into the housing, but if they are you can just get some narrow ones that they make specifically for aquarium fixtures, they are found in walmart and most LFS.
REALLY??!! Jeta you just made my day!!
Daylight/Full Spectrum CFL bulbs... There's no wattage right, just the daylight...
This is a general Top Fin hood...
__________________
ocminpin
ocminpin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2012, 01:44 PM   #4
come get me tang police!
Community Moderator
 
jetajockey's Avatar


 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: In a swamp near you /Pensacola, FL
Posts: 11,360
There is varying wattage on the CFL replacements, I typically aim for something around 15-17 watts as the bigger ones are often too wide to fit into the fixture itself without modifying something. But as with any DIY thing, your mileage may vary.

You can grow most plants with sufficient lighting. The plant growth will not be explosive like it would in a co2 injected and regularly dosed tank, but the plants will still grow. I grow all kinds of high and low light labeled plants together with low-medium lighting and no co2 and rare ferts. They don't grow super fast, but I don't really want them to.

The hard part comes when you have too much light and not enough co2 and ferts to accommodate it, this is where you'll typically run into algae issues and whatnot. There's a potential for this when you step up to the CFLs, so you may have to act accordingly if you start having issues.
__________________
Dont Forget to Join my FREE weekly Plant Giveaway.
Click Here!
jetajockey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2012, 01:52 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
ocminpin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Orange County, CA
Posts: 2,279
Send a message via AIM to ocminpin Send a message via Yahoo to ocminpin Send a message via Skype™ to ocminpin
I'm so happy about this!
Jitterbug is quite the happy guy and this is my first time taking care of a betta right from day one.... So his home being his castle, he is on his way to being a very spoiled boy.
I started a plant thread so I can have ideas there.
__________________
ocminpin
ocminpin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2012, 03:31 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Coursair's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Francisco East Bay Area CA
Posts: 4,321
I use two 10watt mini CFLs from Petsmart on my 10g Mine are 5,500K I think. My next ones will be 6,500K or near that. Avoid Actinic and 50/50 bulbs.
Marineland, Aqueon and Zoomed all make mini CFLs

Careful not to exceed your hoods specs on wattage.

I have 2 Topfin tanks. A 10g and a 5.5. Both use CFLs.
My pics are in my profile. 10g Shrimp Jungle is my main tank.
__________________
My 10g Shrimp Jungle My 10g Rimless My 5.5g CRS Tank They are a work in progress
Vid of my Shrimp Jungle
~ Tina
Coursair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2012, 03:41 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
ocminpin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Orange County, CA
Posts: 2,279
Send a message via AIM to ocminpin Send a message via Yahoo to ocminpin Send a message via Skype™ to ocminpin
Quote:
Originally Posted by Coursair
I use two 10watt mini CFLs from Petsmart on my 10g Mine are 5,500K I think. My next ones will be 6,500K or near that. Avoid Actinic and 50/50 bulbs.
Marineland, Aqueon and Zoomed all make mini CFLs

Careful not to exceed your hoods specs on wattage.

I have 2 Topfin tanks. A 10g and a 5.5. Both use CFLs.
My pics are in my profile. 10g Shrimp Jungle is my main tank.
Thank you!!
__________________
ocminpin
ocminpin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2012, 01:10 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Coursair's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Francisco East Bay Area CA
Posts: 4,321
You can sometimes score good bulbs at Lowes or Home Depot also.

Here is a vid of my tank that uses CFLs
__________________
My 10g Shrimp Jungle My 10g Rimless My 5.5g CRS Tank They are a work in progress
Vid of my Shrimp Jungle
~ Tina
Coursair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2012, 02:16 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
ocminpin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Orange County, CA
Posts: 2,279
Send a message via AIM to ocminpin Send a message via Yahoo to ocminpin Send a message via Skype™ to ocminpin
Quote:
Originally Posted by Coursair
You can sometimes score good bulbs at Lowes or Home Depot also.

Here is a vid of my tank that uses CFLs
I live 5 min walking distance from Home Depot.. Should I look there first? Same thing, right?
__________________
ocminpin
ocminpin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2012, 12:57 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
ocminpin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Orange County, CA
Posts: 2,279
Send a message via AIM to ocminpin Send a message via Yahoo to ocminpin Send a message via Skype™ to ocminpin
I found this:

13-Watt (60W) 2-Pin Twin Tube Cool White PL CFL Light Bulb (1-Pack)

Does that work? Home Depot for 4.98
Then I'd need two...
Max hood wattage is 15.
I just saw this online.. I live around the corner from home depot so i may go look
__________________

__________________
ocminpin
ocminpin is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
light, lighting

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
For Sale: 90gal for sale jose7878 Archive 19 05-10-2012 04:10 PM
Loach or catfish for SA cichlids? em_witt Cichlid Discussion 34 03-31-2012 10:03 PM
Need some ideas for my 55 gal nibor Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 21 03-29-2012 09:43 PM
10g Betta Tankmates? ocminpin Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 15 03-29-2012 06:33 PM
Another T5 Lighting Question mitchfish Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 12 03-29-2012 11:21 AM







» Photo Contest Winners







Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

RV & Travel Trailer Communities

Our RV & Travel Trailer sites encompasses virtually all types of Recreational Vehicles, from brand-specific to general RV communities.

» More about our RV Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:29 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Aquarium News Delivered to your Email!

Stay up-to-date with Aquarium News in your inbox!

unsusbcribe at anytime with one click

Close [X]