10-26-2011, 08:14 AM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Dallas, Texas
| | Re: Lighting question
On Monday a four week old T5 NO tube over my 20 gallon burned out--that's right, $16 for a month of use. I was in a rage--I am sick of the high prices and low quality of aquarium lighting!
So I went to Lowe's and bought two cheap clamp lights, and two of the 23w 6500k spiral compacts, and hung them over the 20. Cost: about $30.
The lights are about 5" above the tank, about 19" above the substrate. I've never seen such light, it's almost too bright to look at comfortably! When Joey brings back the PAR meter this weekend, we will measure it and I'll post the results.