Fish tank light advice

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  1. nealos6

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    Hi all,

    What cost effective light system should I fit into my canopy? I'm not looking to grow plants, the light will be used purely to view the fish and aquarium. The tank is a standard 45cm tank with black canopy. Would the easiest and best method to just get a light and ballast from the LFS? Any suggestions are welcome!
     
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    If it's just to view fish, a daylight (white) tube would be best. Lights towards the red and blue spectrum have other purposes, but the main issue is that they may also encourage algal growth.

    You can use a regular tube you'd buy from the hardware or lighting store, but I don't think you'd be able to find a ballast that would fit inside your hood there, too. In that case, you can get the ballast from your LFS.

    LED lights are also an option, but can be more costly. I currently use an encased LED set up (like a 'shop light') that I got from a hardware store, and it's very effective. All I had to do was attach a plug.

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    I can't believe I'm going to say this as I really don't like the brand but the boyu white tubes is the best I've seen when it comes to viewing only. They run in the red and blue spectrum so it brings out the colours very well. The down side is that they are algae growing champs so even normal periods of light with one of these things is a nightmare.

    A 10W led spot would be a good option too and it doesn't require a ballast and is water proof to some degree as they are outdoor lights. Cheap LED strips from china town is also a low cost option.
     
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    Most hardware stores sell T5/T8 LED replacement tubesd in various sizes nowadays.
    They don't need a ballast.
    All you would need is a waterproof T5/T8 light fitting, and some way to attach the tube to the canopy.
    I have found that standard spring steel clips work well. You can attach them to the canopy either with nuts and bolts or rivets.
    They hold standard sized tubes firmly.

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    Here is an example of the T5 LED replacement tubes:
    https://www.sustainable.co.za/fl-t5-300mm-led-tube.html
     
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    Why don't you like Boyu?
     
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    The way they make the fish look. White light drowns out the colours a bit. Will look through my pics to see if I have an example.
     
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    SORRY MY MISTAKE
    , it's the aquaglo I was thinking about. I don't like the boyu because it grows algae almost overnight, I removed it after a week. The aquaglo is also a algae grower but not as bad, just don't leave it on for long. Both these lights go into the red and blue spectrum, they are designed for viewing not growing. The boyu has a green tint to it that I also didn't like to much.

    6500K White LED spot. kind of looks bland.
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    The AQUAGLO.
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    Just another thing. The agualgo has a bit of a pink tint to it so if you don't like that don't go for it.

    Here's a google pic of a comparison.
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    I'm leaning towards what @Pezulu said.

    The LED tube looks great.

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    What’s the easiest method to stick the LED to the canopy?
     
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    I managed to purchase a lovely and very strong 5W LED set up from the LFS. Now the next question, would this be sufficient for low level plants? Or should I stick to the fake plants and decor for now?
     
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    5Watt on a 45 cm tank .. Anubias, java moss and fern maybe bolbitis - tick is it need to be very low at water level and not have blue light and a big component nothing will grow fast but should be able to stay alive to degree all depending on the Led light, not all light that states 5 watt will give you great lumens or it will be very spot like and not cover entire 45cm

    later Ferdie
     

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