Can I upgrade the lighting on my FishPod?

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Interpet's FishPod aquarium has a plastic base and an unusual lighting configuration. Is it possible to upgrade this? Equipment expert Jason Scott explains.

You will find it difficult to find any suitable alternative. They are supplied with a 15w white lamp and a 15w blue lamp and both are low energy with a screw fitting - unusual for aquarium specific lamps. I believe these are unique to the Fish Pod.

The smallest aquarium specific high output T5 is 24w and 56cm/22” long, so will not fit.

I have a 48 l/11 gal Fish Pod set up for some months and it grows plants surprisingly well with the lighting supplied.

If upgrading lighting for plant growth remove the blue lamp, used for night viewing, and replace with another white one. This should give ample intensity for growing even challenging species.

This item was first published in the November 2009 issue of Practical Fishkeeping magazine. It may not be reproduced without written permission.