Can You Use A Smaller Light Fixture?

HamSnacks

Currently have a 5 Foot Tank, with 2 24" Light Bulbs. They are in need for replacing, they are your standard T8 Fluorescent Bulbs.

It will run me about $50 to replace both, but trying to go away from them. A neighbor is taking apart his set up and said he could sell me his ZooMed AquaSen LED HO 36" Fixture, basically brand new for the same price.
Now I know these LEDs are stronger and this particular make has very good reviews.

However if I go with this unit and put it right in the middle I'll be off 12" on each side. Could I get away with this or not? Currently have 2 Bala, 2 Rainbow, 1 Angel and 6 Barb, also looking at getting some real plants.

Also side question, would the light work for sustaining plants, or if I went the standard T8 Fluorescent Bulbs that said on the box they promote plant growth, are those good enough lights for the fish as well?

Thanks
 

Thunder_o_b

You can suspend the light above the aquarium so the light covers the aquarium. Saltwater fish keepers do this all the time.
 

HamSnacks

You can suspend the light above the aquarium so the light covers the aquarium. Saltwater fish keepers do this all the time.

Do you think that would be enough light for the fish and also promote plant growth? Its a nice looking unit, has a few features you won't get with your standard T8 Fixture but don't want to jump the gun.
 

Thunder_o_b

Do you think that would be enough light for the fish and also promote plant growth? Its a nice looking unit, has a few features you won't get with your standard T8 Fixture but don't want to jump the gun.
someone else will have to chime in on that. I have not used anything other than LED in many years.
 

HamSnacks

someone else will have to chime in on that. I have not used anything other than LED in many years.

Sorry I meant the LED 36" think that will be enough if Suspended? Or placed right in the middle of the tank.
 

dcutl002

Currently have a 5 Foot Tank, with 2 24" Light Bulbs. They are in need for replacing, they are your standard T8 Fluorescent Bulbs.

It will run me about $50 to replace both, but trying to go away from them. A neighbor is taking apart his set up and said he could sell me his ZooMed AquaSen LED HO 36" Fixture, basically brand new for the same price.
Now I know these LEDs are stronger and this particular make has very good reviews.

However if I go with this unit and put it right in the middle I'll be off 12" on each side. Could I get away with this or not? Currently have 2 Bala, 2 Rainbow, 1 Angel and 6 Barb, also looking at getting some real plants.

Also side question, would the light work for sustaining plants, or if I went the standard T8 Fluorescent Bulbs that said on the box they promote plant growth, are those good enough lights for the fish as well?

Thanks
The manufacturer claims that it will grow plants, but I cannot find any PAR information on this unit. $50 seems to be a decent price though. Does your neighbor grow plants in his tank?
 

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