looking to upgrade lighting 29 Gallon Tank

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by gavins1dad, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. gavins1dadNew MemberMember

    Looking to upgrade my lighting curently have a 17w bulb. What should I do if I want to keep my hood for under a hundred bucks I currently have 5 java ferns 2 anubias eyes and about 5 bertti. Sorry dant know correct spelling for that. Water perimeters are great. I have a sand gravel substrate mix. I prefer to have something that won't stand up over my tank. Like the ones with brackets.
    Thanks for all help.

  2. Tanman19azValued MemberMember

    I'm gonna piggy back on this thread...I'm also looking for better lighting. I have mondo grass, micro sword grass, java fern, anubias, and wisteria in my 29 gal
  3. gavins1dadNew MemberMember

    Well I've found a all glass hood from my lfs. I've also found on tscpet.com a 24" 65 watt aquarium light that has a fan and a lunar light or moon light. They have a lot of different sizes and everyting
  4. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Welcome to the site!

    Getting a glass top really opens up your lighting options.
  5. compuphonesNew MemberMember

    Hi I had the same problems look in DIY section for Perfect light and you will see what i came up with may help may not.
  6. bassbonedivaFishlore VIPMember

    Tanman, I'd get rid of your mondo grass. It's not a true aquatic plant, but rather a bog plant. It'll last a little while underwater, but after a few months it'll just melt and die.

    As for upgrading the lighting...I put the 36" 60W fixture from my 46gal bowfront on my son's 29gal for while and it did great. If you want T5 lighting (which is generally recommended for plants, but not absolutely necessary), there are models that don't require the brackets. I'm pretty sure Coralife makes one that doesn't require brackets. Not sure about cost, but I know I can get a 48" Coralife T5 fixture from my LFS for $65 (in fact, that's what I'm getting for my 55gal at the end of the month).
  7. AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    Welcome to Fish Lore Gavins1Dad.

    I hope you enjoy the site.
  8. Tanman19azValued MemberMember

    Ok bassbonediva, thanks for the tip! Petsmart was selling it at $1.99 and it looks pretty sweet, but that means I 'll have more room for other plants