CFL Lights for planted tank

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CFL Lights for planted tank

Unread postby anirudh777 » Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:00 pm

I'm planning to use a 15W CFL in my 5 Gallon planted tank.I'd like to know if there are any cheap alternatives and suggestions for the fixture (within 500 Ruppees)



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Re: CFL Lights for planted tank

Unread postby parthapratim22 » Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:36 pm

no problem, go for it. no other alternative required.
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Re: CFL Lights for planted tank

Unread postby asheesh » Wed Jul 06, 2016 6:49 pm

if you like LED and DIY stuff, yon can check this
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Re: CFL Lights for planted tank

Unread postby SCORPIO » Wed Jul 06, 2016 7:19 pm

anirudh777 wrote:I'm planning to use a 15W CFL in my 5 Gallon planted tank.I'd like to know if there are any cheap alternatives and suggestions for the fixture (within 500 Ruppees)


Best alternative for a 5 gallon tank. You can also use LEds.
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Re: CFL Lights for planted tank

Unread postby aawnaik » Thu Jul 07, 2016 8:32 am

I am using the same. It really works fine.
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Re: CFL Lights for planted tank

Unread postby koipondguy2 » Thu Jul 07, 2016 3:49 pm

A normal white LED strip that I buy from Amazon will work for this as well?

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Re: CFL Lights for planted tank

Unread postby sushant » Thu Jul 07, 2016 9:19 pm

5W led bulb (diffuser removed) can also work

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Re: CFL Lights for planted tank

Unread postby anirudh777 » Thu Jul 28, 2016 10:22 pm

I made a DIY Light fixture using PVC Board . Using a Syska 5W LED in it (410 lumens or 25 Lumens per Litre which is in medium lighting range) . I initially used a Havells (Adore Range) 10W LED (950 lumens or 200 Lumens per gallon!!!!! or 60 Lumens per Litre!!!!!!) The plants turned pale in just 1 day under that light :p

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Re: CFL Lights for planted tank

Unread postby anirudh777 » Thu Jul 28, 2016 10:23 pm

koipondguy2 wrote:A normal white LED strip that I buy from Amazon will work for this as well?

No,because I used a an LED strip earlier and it was inefficient . The lumen rating is very low . Go for LED bulbs

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Re: CFL Lights for planted tank

Unread postby anirudh777 » Thu Jul 28, 2016 10:24 pm

Nope,It won't work.The lumens are low