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What lighting do I have?

Discussion in 'Lighting Requirements' started by Carcon, Oct 27, 2016.

  1. Carcon

    Carcon New Member

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    Hello.

    I'm new to Aquariums and Aquascaping however I'm totally hooked after reading so much and looking at some fantastic planted tanks.

    I've recently inherited a 95 liter Tank and I'm trying to work out what kind of light is in it. It's a fluorescent tube however I don't know how to check what the wattage or whatever is. Can anyone help me out? I tried searching for the few details that are on the tube itself but only came up with places to buy a replacement.

    Basically just trying to figure out if it's strong enough for plants or if i would be better off replacing it!

    Thanks

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    Hi and welcome

    New myself and HOOKED too :)

    So probably of no help what so ever. But some pics off tube with ratings on it and the transformer will help others to find out what you have and give you you best options depending on your budget OFC - they can get very expensive :rolleyes:
     
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    Photo will help. If you cannot do that, length and diameter of the tubes may provide clues. You should be able to find details for the light like output, voltage, etc. on the ballast.
     
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  4. Carcon

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    Thanks for replying guys.

    This is all the writing that's on it. Hopefully this is what you need?

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    Yup. Its an 18 watt T8.

    How many in the fixture?

    To determine if you need more light we need to know more information about what you want to grow and if you plan to run pressurized CO2 or not.
     
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    Haha now I see where it says that! Duh! There is only one. Not planning on any CO2 in the immediate future. I think I'll just be going for easy plants to begin with since it's my first attempt at this. Thinking along the lines of Anubias, Amazon swords, maybe some Java moss.
    Open to suggestions of course!

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    A single bulb is a little low for that sized tank. Maybe just anubias would work. I'd recommend two 18 watt t8s
     
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    Welcome to ASW

    Before you go much further have you tested the tank for leakages? if not I strongly suggest you do it outside just in case.
    Some might disagree but I will always recommend start of with a low tech tank, then learn as much as you can.

    I have never had a Hi Tech tank that does not meant I did not investigate into it both DIY and commercial units too many years ago.

    Depending on the size LxWxH Amazon Sword could be to large for your tank.

    Did you inherent any thing else with the tank?

    http://aquaticmag.com/freshwater/23-easy-to-grow-low-light-plants-for-your-aquarium/

    Use this as a starting guide it will also depend what you can get at your LFS.

    Do you have any ideas of the Aquascaping you would like to do?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Hmm the hood won't accommodate two bulbs. That's unfortunate

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  10. Carcon

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    Hi Keith,

    The tank did actually have a leak which is how I ended up with it to begin with. I resealed it on Wednesday (with aquarium sealant.) and will be going for its leak test on Saturday so fingers crossed!

    The equipment that came with it were a fluval u2 filter. Marina S20 filter. Heater (name escapes me right now) and had some stones and ornaments. Oh and ALOT of algea! Glass and hood was pretty much green so that took a bit of scrubbing, still to go over it again but it's looking better than it did!

    Dimensions are 80x30x40cm.

    I will give your link a read through, I have a few lfs in and around me so that's handy at least!

    I'm still not totally set on an aquascape yet, keep changing my mind when I see a different one! I love the moss trees through, maybe one day I'll manage that!

    I'll have to look into the lighting situation a bit more if it's not enough for what I want to achieve. Not sure how I would get around that though, have to buy a new tank at some point maybe

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    Warning Silicon does not work as effectually on older used glass as new glass, information from a glazier and a tank manufacturer. In saying that it might be cheaper and safer to buy a new tank.

    Post a few ideas of what you would like to do first.

    Ornaments are not usually in Aquascaping, more suitable for children's tanks.

    Once you sort out which way you would like to go then you can select your lighting.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    A new tank might happen if this leak test today is unsuccessful.

    The ornaments went in the bin to be honest! Not my taste and they were thick with algae anyway!

    Just going to fill the tank up now, hopefully it's still full by tonight!



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    Oh and I'll post up some pictures of my ideas later.

    Thanks for taking the time to reply and give me advice, appreciate it

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    Still keep in mind the Silicone does not work as well in older fish tank glass.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Totally take on board what your saying however from watching many various videos and reading forums etc I know it is possible if done correctly.

    I'm taking complete responsibility and siliconing at my own risk!

    I don't actually think the tank is that old, from what I can find online it's only just recently stopped being sold from some stores.

    Anyone i will know it's fate later today.

    Appreciate your opinion and concern.

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    My information is not from online just a glazier his company refused to have thing to do with old aquariums reason being the insurance company would not cover the tank if it leaked/cracked.

    I had a practically new tank leak I took it to the manufacturer and he just threw it into the rubbish bin.

    I had a large tank crack and that was a very large insurance claim, furniture and carpet even books in the furniture it was on.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Oh that sounds like a bit of a nightmare you had :(

    Can understand why companies don't want to take the responsibility of fixing a tank, I don't think I would feel comfortable doing it for anyone else however I'll take the risk in my own house, call me crazy!

    Tank seems to be totally watertight so this is where the fun begins!

    Going to try to pop into my local LFS tomorrow and see what's on offer, still trying to decide on a substrate at this point, although I'm leaning towards black right now.

    Decisions decisions!





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    What planting are you considering, this will decide the type of substrate not the colour eg ADA to black river stones.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Should have said I do have a plant idea list on my laptop, I'll update with that when I get home as most of the names escape me right now.

    Anubias and Java moss are the only two that come to mind right now.

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