3 years ago #1
MyameeGirl
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Hi everyone!

I have a Fluval Chi 6.6 gallon tank, which comes with 10 LED lights that emit light from the bottom of the filter in the center of the tank. I have no idea how much wattage that is, and can't seem to find an answer to that online anywhere.

I have a couple plants in my tank that need low to medium light and since i have them planted in the corners of the tank, I assume they are not getting enough light.

Can anyone recommend a good light that can be used in conjunction with the 10 LED lighting system already in place? I need something that can either clip to the back of the tank or something that might be more like a tall desk lamp that I could use. The tank is in my kitchen, so I won't be putting up mounts to hang long, wide flourescent type lights. The tank is too small for that anyway.

I've attached a photo of my tank (the plant in the front right is no longer there) so you can see what the filter/lighting system looks like. I'd like to get two small lights for either side of the filter area, but don't want anything that might be too bright for my betta once he's in there.

I have NO idea what kind of light I can use, so any advice or recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance for any info.

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3 years ago #2
ChaosReborn
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You could probably get a small clamp light to attach to the side of the tank. Replace the Incadescant bulb with a fluorescant one and that should help the growth of the plants.

Finding one may be the tricky part however. I have one on my turtle tank but you would need something much smaller and better looking than what I have. Afterall, the Fluval Chi is kind of classy looking =)

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3 years ago #3
MyameeGirl
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Thanks Chaos!

I was looking at the clip type or desk lamps and doing that, but I wasn't sure what strength I would need, or even the bulb for that matter. I don't want to have TOO much light, or light that would be too bright for the fish either.

I'll look into the small little compact lights that clip on and switching out the incadescent. That's what I wasn't sure about... whether I could use regular bulb or have to switch it.

I wish I would have gotten a bigger tank to make all this research worth it...lol. While the Chi may be classy looking, it sure is a pain in the you know what!! LOL

Thanks for the quick response back.
Much appreciated!

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3 years ago #4
Ebrahim
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if the plants are low light then additional lighting is not necesary,natural light will be enough.
Otherwise a small desk lamp will provide enough light.
What plant species are we talking about here?

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3 years ago #5
MyameeGirl
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Ebrahim wrote:
if the plants are low light then additional lighting is not necesary,natural light will be enough.
Otherwise a small desk lamp will provide enough light.
What plant species are we talking about here?


Hi again Ebrahim!

I have an anubias congensis and an amazon sword. Well, at least I think it's an amazon sword ... see picture. It almost looks like amazon/oriental sword...lol.

In a previous thread I posted earlier today, I was asking about the brown veining I noticed on my amazon sword, and johnarthur said that the sword needed moderate light.

I'm a bit confused with all the different things with the live plants, so I was thinking maybe I need more light? Also, the tank is in my kitchen with very little natural light...
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3 years ago #6
MyameeGirl
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I forgot... when you say small desk lamp, would something like this be okay?
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003DRBOJ8/ ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_3

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3 years ago #7
johnarthur
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That's one heckova light.

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3 years ago #8
MyameeGirl
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johnarthur wrote:
That's one heckova light.


Is that good?

Do you mean that in a "it's gonna blind everybody including the fish" kinda way, or that it's good for what I need it for? LOL
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3 years ago #9
MyameeGirl
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Well, I ordered it, so hopefully it was okay.

Thanks.

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3 years ago #10
Fry Daddy
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You can probably even grow high light plants with that light. It looks like you can adjust the height so that it won't be too intense for your tank. A good investment would be a timer for it so you can control how many hours of light per day your tank gets.

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3 years ago #11
MyameeGirl
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Thanks for the info. It didn't occur to me that I might be able to get a plant that might do well with a stronger light.

Baby steps... LOL. My first tank, and certainly, these are my first live plants.

Thanks very much for the response. I had ordered it, but was up in the air about whether it would be good for the tank or not.

Cheers!

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3 years ago #12
jojace
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Hello.
How can I put timer light in this tank???.

Thanks.

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3 years ago #13
Hayley
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so how did the light get on with the fluval chi??
I would like to see how you get on with it as i have the same tank .in kitchen etc.i been using plant feeder.. kept away from co2 kit as im worried about overdosing my fish..email me <email> .. :O)

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