NANFA-- Lighting Questions

Brian Bastarache (
Sun, 21 Apr 2002 18:54:38 -0400

Thus question may be better directed toward tropical reef aquarists, but
the knowledge and helpfulness of this group is often staggering. And I'll
be loyal to my group and ask them first. Here it is:

At the Bristol County Natural History Center, site of many NANFA New
England meetings, we have over 1,000 gallons of tanks displaying fish
native to southern New England. Correct lighting has been an ongoing
problem. We are using every thing from pet store grade strip lights to
incandescent clamp lights. Other than the "Stream Tank", where the subdued
lighting works, none of the tanks seem to be appropriately lit.

Commercially available lights are outrageously expansive, when the
generosity of others faulters we must beg, borrow or steal what we need. So
here is the actual question: HAS ANYONE ANY EXPERIENCE WITH HOMEMADE
Home Depot must have somethign I can use! What I'm looking for is as follows:

Buzzard's Bay Tank (Brightly lit 265 gallon marine tank behind a wall)

Cape Cod Bay Tank (Almost as brightly lit 180 gallon marine tank behind a

Lakes and Pond Tank(Brightly lit planted freshwater tank free-standing in
the middle of the room 180 gallons 3/4 full)

Sorry for the long posting. Thanks for any help.

Brian Bastarache
Bristol County Natural History Center/
Bristol County Agricultural School
135 Center St.
Dighton, MA
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