Yes Another Question....about Lighting Important

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by kayla20johnson, May 16, 2018.

  1. kayla20johnson

    kayla20johnsonValued MemberMember

    We had to get new lights for our 55g high aquarium. Is there a certain light we need to use? My boyfriends dad brought home a 12 watt, 1152 lumens, Slim LED light. The uses say for office cubicles, wash rooms, kitchens. Is it okay to use this light for my tank? 2cada21d2fa92eff72bb286b4161d494.jpgbc940edd3a9b7f49985e3870bc640ef2.jpg
  2. DuaneV

    DuaneVWell Known MemberMember

    You can use any light you want.

    Where its gets tricky is in tanks that are heavily planted with demanding plants.
  3. Kyleena696

    Kyleena696Valued MemberMember

    I've read that you want 2-5 watts for every gallon so I'm not sure if that light would be sufficient. Do you have any plants?

    Just curious, how do you plan on mounting that for the tank?
  4. SSJ

    SSJValued MemberMember

    I used a 24watt 2100 lumen Philips light..looks pretty neat. Not sure how plants would take it..will need to review after a week or so
  5. OP

    kayla20johnsonValued MemberMember

    I have a moss ball and a java fern right now. And my concern is also mounting it. I may just break down and buy a whole new lighting unit
  6. DuaneV

    DuaneVWell Known MemberMember

    Neither moss balls or java fern require any serious light for any serious amount of time. A regular old desk lamp on 4-6 hours a day is more than enough.
  7. smee82Fishlore VIPMember

    You should be able to use it for low light plants
  8. Kyleena696

    Kyleena696Valued MemberMember

    That light should be fine for your plants.

    I have no idea how you'd go about mounting something like that. Maybe try to find some DIY videos for mounting lights? You could probably find something you'd be able to modify for your light.

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