Newbie lighting question

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Ejack, 23 Jun 2008.

  1. Ejack

    Ejack Member

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    Hi guys, this is my first post here on these forums, so please forgive me if I sound nooblish...I am :)

    Anyways, I've kept you're average tank for over 5 years now, but recently I've needed a hobby so I'm delving into the world of planted tanks :D With hopes and dreams of owning a wonderful planted tank that I seen here and other websites and forums and the ones many of you guys have.
    The current tank I have is a 129l Bao Long RE5620 62x40x53cm which comes with 2x 20w 8000k tubes with refelctors. The aquarium roof itself is in 2 parts, the front part houses the 2 tubes with no room to attach an additional lamp. The Back half is basically and empty plastic box, where the tanks filter used to be (didn't get it with the tank so ended up buying an eternal one).

    I'm gathereing from what bits I have been reading up on planted tanks and lighting, that the lighting in this tank wont be good even for a low mainteance low setup tank. If thats the case, what recommendations would you guys give on upgrading the lighting in this tank? I gather the back half is a good place to add an additonal light or 2, but Im a little uncertain with regards to types, brands, fittings let alone installation and modding. If someone could point me to a good article or post, or offer even a llitle advice, it would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance,
     
  2. milla

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    Mine blew up after two days :(

    They're sending a new ballast, but it doesn't say much for their quality :(
     
  4. milla

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    Never had any trouble with mine.
     
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    Mine went after 6 months, they sent me a new ballast free of charge and just replaced and been working fine ever since.
     
  6. Ejack

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    Ah cool, those lights look pretty good? I take it that it fits to all tanks and just balaces on top of the tank as the mounts are fully adjustable?

    Are there any other similar kind of lights out there that I can buy from a retailer rather than scambay? Wouldn't mind a few choices to look at and choose from.
     
  7. milla

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    The "GLO T5HO Linear Lighting System 24W 58-101cm, Double" looks pretty decent, and not a bad price to boot :)

    Are they quite a well known we'll used by the community?
     
  9. johnny70

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    I have bought 3 so far from the German chap on eBay, quality is OK, no problems yet!

    I also have the one from UK pet supplies, very nice set of lights, very high build quality, be warned though, no lamps are included! which it doesn't state anywhere, but that fine as I had them already

    JOHNNY
     
  10. milla

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    Not tried one, but they are made by hagen and should be ok.
    Maybe someone on the forum has one, don't recall seeing any post about them though.
    Also because it is hagen you will find that they become popular as they will be available in most LFS's before long. However the Arcadia is one of hte best units avaialbe, you get what you pay for in this world.
     
  11. johnny70

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    forgot to say the are very bright, 2x24 watts over 100ltr tank for my apistos, very impressed

    JOHNNY
     
  12. milla

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    If you go for the GLO unit, as Johnny says you will need 2 tubes. Don't waste your money on aquatic bulbs at £20 a piece
    Check this thread out first viewtopic.php?f=50&t=555
     
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    I went with the Osram Lumilux 880 Skywhite + Osram Lumilux 840 looks great!

    JOHNNY
     
  14. Ejack

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    Thanks guys, lots of very helpful information in here for me to ponder

    :D

    Have a nice day all
     
  15. Ejack

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    Guys, quick question that I thought of last night whilst looking at the ukpetsupplies website.

    I came across this http://www.ukpetsupplies.com/Details.as ... entId=1349

    and was wondering if I could just by this single lamp, and still use my existing 2x20w 8000k tubes? Would that be sufficient enough lighting for a low tech setup? Or are my exisitng 2x20w bulbs the issue? It would also ean I get to keep the orgignal top cover of the tank (well, half of it anyways)

    Sorry for necroing this post.
     
  16. swackett

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    Hi,

    I guess it depends on whether you want to keep your hood or not and only you can answer that question.

    Regarding what lights you need the general rule of thumb is watts per US gal, although I think is based on T12 lights (T8 and T5 give off more light than T12). For a low tech tank you want 1.5 to 2 wpg, therefore with your hood you have 40w which is 1.17wpg, if you add a single 24w to your hood then you would have a total of 64w which would be 1.88wpg which I think would be what you are looking for.

    Cheers
     

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