Yes Another Question....about Lighting

kayla20johnson

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

DuaneV

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You can use any light you want.

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

Kyleena696

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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?
 

SSJ

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kayla20johnson said:
We had to get new lights for our 55 gallon high aquarium. Is there a certain light we need to use? My boyfriends dad brought home a 12 watt, 1152 lumens, SlI'm LED light. The uses say for office cubicles, wash rooms, kitchens. Is it okay to use this light for my tank?
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
 
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kayla20johnson

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Kyleena696 said:
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?
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
 

DuaneV

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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.
 
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smee82

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You should be able to use it for low light plants
 

Kyleena696

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kayla20johnson said:
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
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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