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Old 08-21-2009, 02:25 AM   #1
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Lighting for a 10g Tank

I have a 10g Tank lit with a 15W 5000K standard compact flouresent bulb. I've got some water sprite that just isn't growing the way it is in a 5g with a 10W 6500K cfl. So I need to find a way to increase the light levels in the 10g without spending $$$.

The closest thing I've found is those Powerbrite LED lights. But that's really not going to do much. Base on some numbers I could find comparing lumens, you get about the same amount of lumes/watt from the LEDs as you do a CFL, so that meant adding one of these lights (at a cost of over $60) is only equal to adding about 5 watts to my existing 15.

Basically, what I feel like I really need is a pair of 15W flouresent bulbs, but the smallest I've been able to find has been 24" (i.e. 15g), and I currently don't have the space to upgrade to a 15g tank.

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Old 08-21-2009, 02:33 AM   #2
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thought about retro fitting the hood? you can put two screw in bulbs. they are common up to 27w per bulb. also it mgiht be a factor of running out of nutrients.


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AH supply's 36W PC is only 17" long, should fit in a 10.

36 or 55 watt Bright Kits

That , however, is a lot of light (over 4wpg equivalent), esp. considering their high polish reflector. You'll need CO2 at that kind of level.

For lower light, you might check Hagen's CF kits. I can find those at my lfs (comes with my 5 gal), and it comes in 12/9 & ?15W's.
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