Inspired by Cory’s recent post on low-tech lighting and some of what Tom Barr had to say during his recent talk at the GSAS, I chose to sell my Coralife Quad light and replace it with something very inexpensive.
After some mentoring by club member Erik Olson, I went to Wal-Mart and bought their 10.5in Chicken Brooder fixtures and a pair of 26w (100 watt equivalent) energy efficient 6900k spiral compact fluorescents. The price to purchase a Coralife light new is $124 new and I thought it was too loud and the bulbs were over $20 to replace but new set-up was $24 all included…and I WAY prefer it.
- It is absolutely silent!
- The light seems more crisp
- The light seems to cover the entire tank more effectively
- It uses less energy
- It doesn’t give off much heat.
- I like the science kit look to it.
- Replacement bulbs are only $2 each
- More effective watts per gallon.
..and it doesn’t make a sound!
I bought some black spray paint to match them to the tank but decided that I really like the silver and so am leaving them like that. The tank shown in the photo is a new N. multifasciatus tank that I am building. Still waiting on the sexy shells. Also in the tank are Black Moscow Guppies, Cyprichromis leptosoma and very young albino algae eaters.
I hope this post inspires others to try a low-tech solution. It certainly makes it less expensive to keep more tanks!
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