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Old 09-18-2010, 04:30 PM   #1 
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Lightbulb No hood with plants?

Does anyone have a tank without a hood, and just use a desk lamp or something? I'm thinking I could do this with my 29 and fill it like halfway and have plants growing out the top? Anyone know how to make this possible? Thanks!
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Old 09-18-2010, 04:43 PM   #2 
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I have a lamp similar to this one that I use to supplement lighting on my tanks: http://common2.csnimages.com/lf/1/ha...red+Shades.jpg

These are only about $20 at target, and if you fill them with 60W fluorescents, you can get a good amount of light out of them. I use glass hoods like these:
http://www.fosterandsmithaquatics.co...81&pcatid=3781

They allow light to pass through and they aren't as ugly as those big black tops. I suggest getting one of these because without any lid at all you're going to be topping off that tank a lot, and it's going to get annoying.
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Old 09-18-2010, 05:57 PM   #3 
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I Have an open top tank and its just fine with a desk lamp. I also have a few emmersed plants with their roots in the water. I have a gallon of water right next to it and I top off evaporated water every other day. But my tank is only 10 gal so a desk lamp with a 15w CFL bulb provides adequate lighting. This will not be the case in a 30 gal as a 30 gal will require 30-90 watts of lighting depending on the types of plants you'll be having.

EDIT: here's a pic of my tank layout
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Old 09-18-2010, 06:08 PM   #4 
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nice tank! I was thinking more of having the pothos plant floating, then the roots in the water, have a few in my tanks now and really like it. I have a lamp sitting on my headboard which I would use on the tank, not sure how many watts, but it is one that is suppose to mimmick sunlight.
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Old 09-18-2010, 06:26 PM   #5 
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Will you be having aquatic plants? because the 30-90 watts of light was for aquatic plants. If you are just going to have pothos and other plants ABOVE the waterline then you wont need any special lights. Ambient room light or a clip-on desk lamp will be enough. I swear pothos could live in the dark lol.
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Old 09-18-2010, 11:32 PM   #6 
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haha no kidding! my pothos was really irritating me, but I love it in my tanks! I think for now I'll just stick with pothos unless I can find easy growing plants like java moss or elodea. I only have walmart and petsmart which just has the plants in the "tubes" and I haven't looked to see what kind of plants they are. So as far as I know, even with elodea and moss, I don't need more lighting?
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Old 09-19-2010, 11:09 AM   #7 
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Not sure about the elodea, but I think the moss will be ok without special light as well. You can always use a small desklamp like I do. It wont hurt...

PS: My pothos has been in my tank for about 5 weeks before it decided to shoot roots. its only been a few days but they grow FAST. I swear i see like 2 inches a day...
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