Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-10-2013, 07:43 PM   #1 
Lotte's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: California, United States
Best Lighting for a Small tank?

Hello y'all (:

Do you guys have lighting for your smaller tanks? (2.5g,3g,etc.)
If so, what do you use, and where did you purchase it from?
I'd like to get Muse some lighting for her 2.5
Lotte is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2013, 11:14 PM   #2 
BettaFran's Avatar
Join Date: May 2013
Does her tank have a hood or is it more like a glass cookie jar type container? If a tank with incandescent bulb that came with it, I usually replaced those with a standard base compact fluorescent bulb in full spectrum daylight; you can get these at most big chain stores or home improvement centers.
If its like a cookie jar, I cut a piece of fiberglass screen material couple inches bigger than my container top. Then I rubber banded it on; didn't want any escapees! Then I found the greatest, cool effect lighting was a small desk lamp I got from an office supply store. It was a long goose neck one that reached over top of container and just above screen material cover. I don't remember wattage but pretty low as was all LED lights. No heat at all vs only minimal heat from compact flouro mentioned earlier. I just put lamp right next to bowl and good to go. Even had my plants do pretty well.
There are some small tank lights you can get from box store petshops, but they only fit very thin tank walls; usually only the tanks made by same company as the lights.
Anyway, hope this gives you some ideas. One type bulb you don't want to use is the incandescent ones that often come with small tanks(unless you're blessed with one that has a small fluorescent one); they create too much heat and can make your tank temps vary too much from when they're on or off. Oh, and I've always found it helpful to buy the cheap light timers with the little tabs you pull out for times on and off. That way you don't have to fool with turning lights on and off manually all the time, which makes it easier for you and more stable for your Betta. Just pick one up when you get your light. Now worries ;)
BettaFran is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not 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
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Jungle Parsite Clear dosing small tank 2.5 tank freemike Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 5 03-09-2012 03:56 PM
good tank mates for a small tank Miyazawa Betta Fish Compatibility 5 09-14-2011 04:42 PM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:20 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.