What is the opinion of Reddit about the
Boston Harbor TL-WK-134E-BK-3L Swing Arm Adjustable Desk Lamp, 60 W, A19, Black?

A total of 5 reviews of this product on Reddit.

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11th Jan 2016

cool thanks for the response! this is much cheaper than a 60$ aquarium specific light!
Should I be worried about leaving something like this on for 8 hours of light a day or would it just get too hot and die or something

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11th Jan 2016

If its your first tank, start out with easy-to-grow plants and you wont need CO2 or expensive lights.
I got a GE 50 watt equivalent daylight 6500k r20 flourescent light specifically and put it into the old style lamp that uses bulbs and is tall and has an adgustable arm like so but older and could probably be found at the thrift store for cheap.

For the substrate I got a bag of miracle grow pro choice organic. You have to get all of the floating wood and bits first. I used a bunch of buckets and time. I poured a bunch into the bucket and then filled it with water, and then waited a day and skimmed off the wood and anything that was floating. You could use the wood and the other byprodeucts as extra nutrient mulch and water if you want. I then carefully skimmed off the water once clear each day untill I was close to the bottom. When it was too shallow to skim water I carefully laid plastic wrap down, weighted that with some little rocks, let it sit for a day, and then poured off as much water as I could. Then I mixed a little nutrient rich dirt from my house and little sand to start off the bacteria and make the dirt a little thicker. By now it wasn’t very watery but too watery to use. I let it sit in the sun in my aquarium until enough water had evaporated. Then I put the plants a little bit into the dirt and put a sand cap on. Note: I am not sure if I did it the most optimal way and made it more complicated or not since I didn’t have anything to sift the dirt with. The sand I used was some quartzy kinda rocky sand from a small creek beside my house that I rinsed very thoroughly since it looked natural and was free. I have heard that you can also use black diamond blasting sand once rinsed very thoroughly as well for a black sand and pool sand if you want a cheap white sand that will get dirty quickly and look bad in my opinion.

For plants look for low-medium light and high-medium hardy plants like wisteria, java fern or moss, water sprite (close to but not wisteria), Bacopa monnieri, duckweed, Sagittaria subulata, Echinodorus tenellus, Rotala rotundifolia, Riccia fluitans, tripartita japonica, also check out tropica for other plants, pictures, info, and they have a pretty good rating system.

As for the cycle it would be best to do it with plants since they will soak up the ammonia and grow in the water instead of algae. I added water to about half of what I eventually wanted because I would have to dump it out later anyways. I changed it about maybe 1/3-1/2 one day after and then waited a few days. I still havn’t added a filter since I don’t have animals yet and snails plus water movement from a siphon have cleared up algae I have had so far. Also the Diana Walstad pdf is very good for another step by step guide for what you need. Edit: I have no idea why this post looks weird