1. chris02_84 Member Member

    ;D what kind of lighting does everyone have?

    i was looking around and i found looks sooo cool..but my wife won't let me get it....maybe for my birthday.  right now i have the light my tank came with

  2. jes28 Initiate Member


    Yes it looks good and is practical too.
    I am the same as you, bought complete set-up, but I would like more lighting for my plants.
    I only have a 2" X 1" tank, don't think I can get another tube in this hood.
    I have seen them for sale on ebay.

  3. Jason Well Known Member Member

    I reckon unless your going for a heavily plated aquaria with hard plants to grow or saltwater corals it would be the way to go but otherwise of normal tanks with normal lower light plants it'd be best to go with maybe something with one tube + reflector.
  4. Isabella Fishlore VIP Member

    The light on the picture looks like compact fluorescent - which is a HO light (which is good). I currently have the standard 20W bulb over a 30G tank, but I would like to replace it with a new HO hood. If one has plants, and wants them to grow well and fast, a HO lighting system is the way to go.

  5. atmmachine816 Fishlore VIP Member

    and dont forget CO2 injections when you start getting much more than 2wpg
  6. Isabella Fishlore VIP Member

    Yes, CO2 is very important for good plant growth. But there is always a risk that CO2 system can break - and then ALL of your fish die instantly. That's scary.
  7. atmmachine816 Fishlore VIP Member

    yup but without CO2 you can only have so many wpg without it not doing anygood

  8. Isabella Fishlore VIP Member

    Well, I have read a book about growing natural fully planted tanks successfully without any CO2 injections. If you're interested, it's called "Ecology of the Planted Aquarium: A Practical Manual and Scientific Treatise for the Home Aquarist" by Diana L. Walstad. You'd be surprised how beautiful planted tanks this woman can grow using only natural means. It's amazing.