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Old 09-23-2010, 04:59 PM   #1 
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Lighting for 2.5 Gallon?

Before I bought Longjohn, I prepared by picking up a few of my new fish supplies a little bit at the time. But before I could use most of it, a local Superpets that was going out of business finally marked everything 75% off, and I ended up with a nice Eclipse Corner 5 for Longjohn.

Long story short, it meant that most of the other odds and ends that I had gotten for him previously were no longer necessary, and they've been sitting in my closet ever since.

But today I went by Petsmart just to look, and ended up falling in love with a brand new crowntail boy! So I have almost everything I need for him, including a 2.5 gallon aquarium -- but now I've realized that while I already have a heater, filter, substrate, and can improvise a lid, there's no light for it, and none of the stores in my area carry anything suitable for an aquarium that small.

2.5 gallon owners, what do you use to cover/light your small aquariums? I'd particularly like to hear from those of you who support live plants in addition to your fish.
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Old 09-24-2010, 09:01 AM   #2 
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i had the EXACT same inssue with my 2.5 gallon. I ended up making a light for mine. Works amazing, and personally, dont think it looks too shabby either.

This is all it looks like sitting atop the tank....a black rectangle.

Inside is just some basic electrical. Power in, switch, and a light socket. Light is one of those flourescents kinda lights from walmart, man those things light up a tank!

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Old 09-24-2010, 09:03 AM   #3 
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I don't support plants but I useMarina 15W (120V) aquarium lights. If you want, you can put him by the window but you have to be careful. :)
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