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RE: Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #1014/Low heat lighting


I live in a hot country. I have a 10 gallon in my sons room. It is lit by a
single 15 watt bulb, but the ballast is in the hood and yes it does make it
hot. My tank gets up to 30 degrees c or 85 Fahrenheit. This with the heater
unplugged. My fish and plants do fine. For my other tanks I have built my
own lighting system and keep the ballast separate, usually in the cabinet
under the tank.

Places with a high humidity are usually more of a problem. I live inland so
we have a dry heat.

Paul G

[[[[[[[[Date: Wed, 9 May 2001 22:02:53 EDT
From: Wubba2u at aol_com
Subject: low heat lighting options

I am wondering what type of lighting has the lowest output of heat. For the
last few weeks, and probably through most of the summer, the room with the
gal in it gets very warm, and we have a hard time keeping the water temp
below 80. Do flourescent lights put out enough heat to raise the temp of the
water in this small of a tank? The tank currently has plants only at one
which is lit with an incandescent light that is about 8-10 inches away.
However, we noticed that the temp of the water went up even when the light
was off.
I would be interested in hearing others' opinions/experience in this area.
  Teresa in SoCal]]]]]]]