Mail Order Plants and Compact Fluorescen
Paul Rothel wrote:
>Can anyone tell me a good mail order sorce for Aquarium
>plants. The pet shops in my area just don't have much of a
Another good supplier is Darin of the Aquatic Greenhouse. He too, is fairly
busy, but also gives very good advice on plant tanks. He ships very high
quality plants. Call and leave a message at 813-935-8318.
> While on the subject of compact florescents, can someone out there
> what wattage they are using? I have a 20 gallon tank that I would
> use them over. I assume that one can simply screw them into an
> aquarium hood, thereby getting two florescent bulbs instead of two
Reiterating, the base of the screw-in type compact fluorescents are huge. I
doubt that it would fit into the "normal" canopy included with most
aquariums. I just constructed a DIY hood with 5 13W compact fluorescent
tubes to fit over a 10 gallon tank. [I know, maybe a bit too much light :)].
Anyway, with help from Neil and Erik, I was able to purchase the ballast,
socket and tube for less than $10. The wiring was very straightforward
(although there are a LOT of wires), and the result is an amazingly bright
hood that only gets moderately warm.