what to buy?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by pjf220, 18 Jan 2010.

  1. pjf220

    pjf220 Newly Registered

    Hi, first post for me.

    I've for a Clearseal 48x12x18 tank and just finished building a stand for it. I'm converting the tank from a few goldfish to a tropical set up with live plants (hence joining up here). Not sure how to go about lighting. Need to change what I have and unsure whether to get a new lid or go lidless and get something to clip to the sides of the tank. Hanging is not an option really.

    I'm also unsure if lidless is wise as I have mild asthma and humidity is bad and can act as a trigger for an attack so sence says not to, but as I say, it's only mild. Thought about a couple of sheets of perspex to lay flat on the top, but might go green quickly and be a pain to keep clean.

    Any thoughts welcome.

    Not an overnight project to convert but I'm getting there, still need another tank for the goldfish yet.
  2. Lisa_Perry75

    Lisa_Perry75 Member

    Perhaps it would be best in your case to have a lid. There are certain moulds and bacteria that grow in freshwater tanks that may irritate your asthma, it might be advisable to check with your GP. Also asthmatics are more succepible to the effects of damp in a house, which is likely to be made worse with a lidless tank.

    If you can't hang a nice luminaire a lid could be a cheaper option even if it may not look as nice.
  3. pjf220

    pjf220 Newly Registered

    Yeah a lid would certainly be a benefit to reduce humidity. Currently the goldfish are cold water so not much evaporation, but my mate's tank uses so much water in comparison with the water being heated and this is obviously what I will have to do to be able to keep tropical.
  4. Garuf

    Garuf Member

    Most if not all plants will grow in unheated tank, temperates are something of a craze forming thing at the moment and lots of trops will happily live in 18c just put a heater in as a precaution and do some research on temperates, there's a lot of very pretty fish out there.
  5. Themuleous

    Themuleous Member

    Aston, Oxfordshire
    If humidity is an issue, then I would def suggest a lid, my 48x18x18 open top must lose 10-15lt a week, humidity is up around 70% most of the time.

    They aint that pretty but clearseal so lids for most tank sizes.

    http://www.aquatics-online.co.uk/catalo ... -trays.asp

  6. pjf220

    pjf220 Newly Registered

    ooo, that's interesting, I knew some trops can live in cooler temps, but just thought it was a select few. Might look further in to that. Definately going down the lid route now, just need to find the right one. Then on to filtration.

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