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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-07-2012, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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cheap lighting for 3 gal tank?

I purchased a 3 gal plastic Tetra tank from Walmart in order to rescue a new, strangely appealing betta from Petco.
Thanks to the info from this list, he survived and is doing well! I would like to add some plants to his tank, but all it has is the 9-bulb LED that came with. Surely this is not enough for even low light plants to thrive, because the tank gets no ambient light to speak of.
What are the options for lighting a small tank like this (without spending a lot of money). i would love to just put it near a window, but all the usable window spaces are already occupied...
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-08-2012, 02:38 AM
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I'm using a terrific (and terrifically cheap) brand called UpAqua. The lights are powerful enough to grow most plants and look quite "design", too. There's another user here called LittleBettaFish who has an incredible biotope-looking tank and is using the same brand of light. You can find them on eBay:

You could also buy a small plain desk lamp, but you'd have to check the bulbs to see if they're in the right colour spectrum and wattage, and replace them if not.

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I use a desktop lamp (like this one, for reference) and a 13w spiral CFL that I got from my local home improvement store. Just make sure to look at the lightbulb package and take note of the color it gives. Mine is 6500k. I bought the lamp from goodwill ($2.99) and spent ~$6 on the bulb. I don't think there is an easier way to keep it cheap.

I should note this is on a 3 gallon tank. That might be helpful.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-08-2012, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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That is exactly the look and the price that I was hoping to find...I'm gonna get one!
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-08-2012, 10:46 PM
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I would definitely suggest a desk can get a pretty cheap one and just change the bulb to the right spectrum/wattage. Before I got an actual tank and just had kritter keepers all I used were desk lamps.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-08-2012, 11:10 PM
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this works great on my 2g so Im sure it would work for a 3g as well. I like thats is LED so it will last a really long time and not heat up the water PLUS it has a moonlight setting as well

heres a video on it as well

When you're tiny you have to be tough, this world isnt kind to little things---Truman Capote
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-09-2012, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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This is great, I didn't know there were so many lights that would support plant growth in a small tank...I also have a 5.5 gal Fluval Chi tank for one of my bettas. I am seriously thinking about buying a better light for that tank, toss the Chi filter, add a submersible filter, and create a plantscape in that nice tall tank, which is totally begging for a renovation...plants are almost as addicting as bettas!
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