Help picking out new lighting... - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-24-2014, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
KeshiaB's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Melbourne, Austrlia
Posts: 735
Help picking out new lighting...

My current lighting setup is inadequate (a simple LED light block) and I need to upgrade. However, I need to keep my upgrade as cheap and simple as possible.

I'm considering this light:

Aqua Nova Aluminium T8 Aquarium Light NSL-300 - The Aquarium Shop Australia Nova Aluminium T8 Aquarium Light NSL-300

Will this work for my current setup? Would I need a hood or anything on my tank? At moment I only have a glass cover...

My other option is to get a plant light bulb for a desk lamp, however, I'm not sure where I can buy one of these, any suggestions?

My current setup is:
Tank Setup Date: September 2013
Tank Size: 30 Litre (8 gallon)
Heating: 50W Marina submersible heater
Filter: Hagen Elite Hush 20
Substrate: White gravel
Plants; Hygrophila, Bacopa, Lace Fern (recently added), two Crypts
Lighting: 1.6 Watt LED block (28 LEDs)
Lighting Duration: 10 hours daily
Residents: Blue male VT Betta, several red cherry shrimp (I think around 20, they keep breeding!) and what I think are ramshorn snails at an unknown amount (they were hitchhikers on my last plant)
Products Used: Seachem Prime, Flourish fertilizer, API Master Freshwater test kit
Maintenance: Once weekly water change (40-50%), dosed with Prime and Flourish on water change

Frost - White Delta EE
Nebula - Blue Red Crowntail
SIP - Bowie, Floyd & Kiedis
KeshiaB is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-24-2014, 11:55 PM
peachii's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 1,106
If you truly want as cheap as possible, get a clip on desk lamp with a neck that is bendable at Wal-Mart (or equivalent store) usually in the school section for desk lamps and black. Then get a pack of 6500/7000 k CFL bulbs in the light section. Light for less than 20.00, maybe even 15.00.

And yes, that light will work. Looks quite nice.

<a href=,qtype=sigpic,auserid=46514,adateline=1393201024.pagespeed.ic.e0OwTLsbn5.jpg target=_blank>,...e0OwTLsbn5.jpg</a> Princess George <3
peachii is offline  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-25-2014, 04:15 AM
umarnasir335's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 202
I second peachii. A clip-on lamp plus a 4 pack of 6500 K CFLs will cost you a little over $15, and you will still easily get 2 watts per gallon, enough to grow all of the plants you mentioned.
umarnasir335 is offline  
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-25-2014, 07:24 AM
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 135
I third everyone hahah.

My 10 gallon planted is lit by a desk lamp that I already had with a 10 watt 6500k cfl in it using a power outlet timer to time it during the day.

Total cost since I already had the desk lamp, about $10.
G26okie is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-26-2014, 12:11 AM
Blue Fish's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: East Tennessee
Posts: 1,653
Another vote for the desk lamps!
I've been doing the desk lamps over a plexiglass sheet for almost three years now, I can attest it works great for even higher light plants. :)

The bulbs that Peachii has mentioned are usually sold under the "daylight" heading, I like the 20 watt CFL (compact fluorescent) which is the equiv of 75 watt regular bulbs.

I've grown just about everything in terms of light requirements (some plants just don't work with my water and lack of CO2) but they're getting plenty of light. :)

My avatar over there on the left shows a plexi and desk lamp setup on a 20g long live planted. :)

Blue Fish is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Picking plants Sabina88 Planted Betta Tanks 2 01-15-2014 10:24 PM
Picking up another Axolotl! Gizmothefreaky Other Fish 47 06-10-2012 01:18 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome