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Old 02-01-2010, 10:37 PM   #1
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10 gallon lighting

I have a ten gallon tank that I would like to make a planted tank. The problem is, I just have the light that came with the tank kit. The light is an All-Glass Aquarium 20 inch fluorescent aquarium reflector (120 volt, 19 watt, 60 hz) with a 15 watt aquarium lamp bulb. I am assuming that this is in the low light range. I don't know much about lighting. I would like to get a better lighting system. Preferably one that can go over an open water tank and can provide light in the medium lighting range. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am on a budget so nothing too expensive.
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I found this one. I might be able to buy the 24 inch one and rig it into a canopy so it will fit over my tank. The tank is 20 inches long and it says it fits tanks 23-40 inches. This may work out for me because I plan on upgrading to a 29 gallon tank a little while after I get this ten gallon one up and running. I could just switch the light over to the 29 gallon with everything else and it would fit perfectly. I don't know if I should get the single or the double one though.
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a single bulb isnt going to be worth spending the money on. i grew plants great in my 10g's with 15w daylight bulbs... i put a shop light with two 32w bulbs over them a while back and theyre doing great. if you're going to upgrade lights, look at either current nova extreme or lights from fish need it;lights; food;Sponge ... you could also make a simple one with cfl bulbs
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I managed to grow a very healthy tiger lotus and a sword in my 10 gal with the exact same light you have currently. Yes, they grew slower than if I dropped tons of money and effort on them (which I am doing now - ****ed addictions but it's all a matter of how much time, effort, and money you want to spend on this. I agree with rookie on the Nova Extreme - I'm using a 24" 48W over my 25 tall and I'm getting some great plant growth/revival (from an algae attack). However, the 24" was $90 at my LFS. Just some food for thought.
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I managed to grow a very healthy tiger lotus and a sword in my 10 gal with the exact same light you have currently. Yes, they grew slower than if I dropped tons of money and effort on them (which I am doing now - ****ed addictions but it's all a matter of how much time, effort, and money you want to spend on this. I agree with rookie on the Nova Extreme - I'm using a 24" 48W over my 25 tall and I'm getting some great plant growth/revival (from an algae attack). However, the 24" was $90 at my LFS. Just some food for thought.
if i decide to do this and i add co2 and fertz will it make them grow faster
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