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Old 02-10-2014, 09:20 AM   #1
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LED lighting for 10 Gal

Hello,

so my son has had his FOWLR since October.. everything is doing well. we keep up on the water changes checking parameters and such. He wants to add coral or an anemone to the tank. he has a pair or clowns in there that are quite active and basically come to the glass if you put you finger near it.. They are AWESOME to watch

Anyway, what LED lighting would you suggest? I want LED from both the energy savings and low heat.

Since he has been having such good luck with his tank it makes me want to convert my 50 Gal from Fresh to saltwater.. but that is another thread

Any help on the LED light would be fantastic
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Old 02-10-2014, 09:43 AM   #2
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I would recommend starting with some soft corals first then a month or 2 after that some hardy lps. Nems really shouldn't be added to a tank less than a year old, and most will be to big for 10g. As for the LEDs par38s are probably the easiest, I have a reefbreeders value fixture over my 20 and love it. A lot of people are having success with eBay units, mr_x has a couple good links for them so hopefully he checks in or you can look for other led threads I'm sure you can find the link in one of them
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The LFS suggested this one..

Amazon.com: Hagen Fluval Sea Nano Marine and Reef Performance LED Lamp: Pet Supplies

since my son just has a FOWLR he has this one currently:


Amazon.com: Hagen Fluval Nano Aqua Life and Plant Performance LED Lamp: Pet Supplies
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I agree a par38 bulb would be a great light for the money and could grow most corals. I wouldn't put a nem in a ten gallon due to size and water quality. Those fluval lights aren't worth the money and I doubt they an really grow coral.
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What type of fixture for the par38? also how far above the water surface does it need to be?

I do like the compact size of the Fluval (height mainly) is there something out there like the Fluval (due to some height restraints) that would work as well?
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I see mr-X posted this a few times..
120W Marine Organism Aquarium Coral Reef Fish Tank LED Lamp Black Shell Dimmable | eBay

would this work for me as well?
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Yes that light was the one I was talking about, I think there is also a full spectrum model but either should be fine. Par38s screw into standard sockets
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Cool That one would work out well.. Dimmable and I can run 2 timers which I am quite sure my son would be happy about. plus it should fit where we need it to fit
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Just run it very low and high above the tank. That thing will burn coral in such a small tank otherwise
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Right, low 'gain' on the dimmer, but high above the tank, I wish they made one that was 1/2 the power of that one
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