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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-30-2010, 04:39 AM Thread Starter
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10 gallon lighting

Hey how many watts of lighting would be required for a 10 gallon tank to be considered in the high light range?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-30-2010, 04:55 AM
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Hard to say for sure but it is certain that 10gal tanks and below do not conform to the traditional watts per gallon rule.

I have run a 40watt on a 10 gal and would consider that a low-medium light tank and I currently run 80watts over a 10 and can grow just about anything (currently have a nice carpet of HC, Dwarf Hairgrass and HG). I would say somewhere around 60-65 watts your reaching medium-high and around 70+ its probably high light.

Of course this also depends on how high your light is above your tank...

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I would say 36W PL light is more than enough for a 10G.
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when you use a CFL, is the wattage considered what it draws or what it outputs? meaning if I have two 23w 100w equivalents is that just considered 46 watts and then divide by gallons for WPG figures?
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I run a Catalina 24w t5ho 12" above the tank with good results.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-30-2010, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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i have 2x15 watts pc lighting in my ten gallon. The guy at Big al's pet store told me that for my 10 gallon 30 watts is more than enough... i guess he was wrong... what kind of lighting are you using to get 40 watts of light into a 10 gallon tank. I was going to get a 15 or a 20 gallon but this is my first planted tank and i wanted to do a smaller set up. Should i just do a diy hood that would just hold up my current pc lights and then add a normal table lamp? Anyone have a better alternative or should i just stick with my set up and grow low light plants? does anyone know why the watts per gallon principle doesn't apply to tanks 10 gallons and less?
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