Some lighting advice please

  1. ShaunBrowne

    ShaunBrowne Valued Member Member

    Hello all, I'm new here and only starting with a 7 gallon tank that didn't come with a light which is sad cause its so dull..
    I've priced lights and fittings but its very expensive in any of the LFS but I have another screw in fitting and a fluorescent lamp of 11w, will it be sufficient? [​IMG]
    Hope I can cause it would make my tank look much better.
     
  2. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    That should work! Keep the light on for a short period of time to prevent algae. Do you have live plants in the tank?
     
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    ShaunBrowne

    ShaunBrowne Valued Member Member

    No just a black Moore and a plastic plant
     
  4. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Unfortunately a black moor is way too large for a 7 gal tank, but that light would be fine for lighting the tank.
     
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    ShaunBrowne

    ShaunBrowne Valued Member Member

    Is it? The LFS guy said it would be fine, he's so small :-( which fish would work for a 7 gallon?

    Thank you of the advice on the light
     
  6. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    LFS employees don't always give good advice; they're usually interested in making a sale.

    Do you like bettas? You could do a betta and some snails or shrimp?

    What are the dimensions? You likely have options for other fish too, if you don't like bettas.

    Do you know about the nitrogen cycle?
     
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    ShaunBrowne

    ShaunBrowne Valued Member Member

    I do like the look of bettas but don't think there is shrimp there.. My tank is 18 x 9 x 11.. I have read about the nitrogen cycle, still trying to familiarize myself some more..
    Snails being the yellowish ones?

    Would a few neon tetras with a betta be fine?
     
  8. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    There are lots of snails that would work. You could do a few small nerites? They'll keep most of your algae in check (and keep the lighting schedule strict!).

    A betta would work and one would love the entire tank to himself. Or you could do some nano fish (do you want easy fish to keep, or would you want some that are a bit more difficult)? You could even do a few guppies if you wanted, maybe 2-4 males.

    Unfortunately neon tetras are too active for a tank this size. Additionally, bettas and neons aren't temp compatible and this tank isn't large enough to keep bettas with other fish.
     
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    ShaunBrowne

    ShaunBrowne Valued Member Member

    Easy fish as a start then once I know more I'd get harder fish..

    With nerites what do you mean by a strict light schedule? On for a few hours?
    I would prefer more then 1 fish as I feel its lonely
     
  10. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Bettas are solitary fish and won't feel lonely.

    But you could do a few male guppies?

    Or a school of nano fish like chili rasbora?
     
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    ShaunBrowne

    ShaunBrowne Valued Member Member

    Hmm tomorrow I'll check the LFS for some new fish!
    Thank you very much for the advice
     
  12. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Write down what they have and post the list here. We'll help you pick some that are appropriate for your tank size :)

    Not sure I'd take the advice of that LFS employee anymore...