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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-31-2012, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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Lighting for 10 gallon

I have a 10 gallon cycled tank. I have a hood and the T-8 light it came with. I have a 20 gallon planted tank and I don't have CO2 or fertilizer, just a T-8 bulb. The plants are thriving, but I feel I may have just gotten lucky. I took one of my smallest plants and put it in the 10 gallon. After about a week it was completely dead. What I want to know is, is there a good bulb that would work? The only ones I can find are 15 watts. What I would love is a carpet. I don't want to spend more then $40 dollars. I know that the T-5 is the best, but I'm looking for a mix of good and cheap. Can anyone give advice? Thanks. And sorry for rambling
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not sure you can get high light without spending more than $40. i'd say get a couple CFLs in dome-type fixtures, but i don't know if they come in high enough wattages to give you high light on a ten gallon.

oh, and if you wanted much higher light than a T-8 bulb on your ten gallon (low light) you'd definitely need CO2 and ferts. i find that i need both on my ten gallon, lit - same as yours - with a single T-8 bulb. what plant was it that you put in your ten gallon that died?
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I don't actually know what the name is. I got it/them from walmart. There was an assorted pack of plant bulbs. the "mother" plant shot up a stock to the top of the water and dropped like 3 "seeds". Once 2 of them shot out some roots and leaves I put them in the 10 gallon tank. They were about 1"-1.5" tall. So that may have been a factor to why they didn't survive. The first picture is the "baby" (from the "seed")and the second is the "mother" (from the bulb). I was wonder if you knew what it was because I have tried and can't find any of the plants that came in the pack. Also, what is more important: having the 2-5 watts/gallon, or the color temperature?

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I don't actually know what the name is. I got it/them from walmart. There was an assorted pack of plant bulbs. the "mother" plant shot up a stock to the top of the water and dropped like 3 "seeds". Once 2 of them shot out some roots and leaves I put them in the 10 gallon tank. They were about 1"-1.5" tall. So that may have been a factor to why they didn't survive. The first picture is the "baby" (from the "seed")and the second is the "mother" (from the bulb). I was wonder if you knew what it was because I have tried and can't find any of the plants that came in the pack. Also, what is more important: having the 2-5 watts/gallon, or the color temperature?

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I would say two Cfl's in the dome feature is a good suggestion for the 10 gallon tank. Without CO2 tho this will probably end up being too much light for your tank to handle
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When money is a big factor, go low light. I don't think of plants dying quickly from lack of light. I suspect there were other things involved in the plant dying. Being uprooted and moved is pretty tough sometimes. For light for a ten that is low tech, I would suggest a very simple light. How much cool does it need versus cheap? That will be your decision! What I might do is look for a lamp at a thrift shop, garage sale, etc. maybe. Anything to hold a bulb over the tank. Carpet plants and high light may be out for cheap but two twisty CFL bulbs in a lamp that hangs over the tank may grow a lot of things you like. Floor lamps with the swivel neck can be found cheap and there are adapters to hold two bulbs in a single socket.
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I have 2 light fixtures to hold a T-8 for a 10 gallon tank. Should I just go with a single 15 watt bulb? Or should I try to fit them both on top? And if I do go with a CO2 system, are there any that you recommend?
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one T-8 is really a fine bulb for a 10 gallon tank, my plants are flourishing with it! that puts you in low light, i swear. maybe even a little higher, i have to run DIY CO2 on my tank ;-;

i think your plant dying may have been from a lack of ferts... watts/gallon is useless, and plants can use many color spectrums... PAR is the most important measurement of light: PAR vs Distance, T5, T12, PC - New Chart
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As far as CO2 goes, you might just want to use DIY for a bit
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I've tried DIY, but I can seem to get it right. It either releases a lot of CO2 for like 2 days, or it releases like a tiny bit over a while. Does anyone have a good method?
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i hear jello works really well:
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you may need to tweak it for your tank though, just like anything
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I use 2 cups of sugar, fill up with warm-ish water, add 1/4 teaspoon yeast, and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda then shake with my hand over the cap. This always lasts me a month or so until I need to change it again
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I have 2 light fixtures to hold a T-8 for a 10 gallon tank. Should I just go with a single 15 watt bulb? Or should I try to fit them both on top? And if I do go with a CO2 system, are there any that you recommend?
Back to this question, should I just use one 15 watt 5500K bulb, or one 15 watt 5500K bulb and one 15 watt 5000K bulb?
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A typical aquarium light hood with one T8 bulb will give you good low light, about as much as you can use without having to use CO2. So, I would only use one bulb, but I prefer 6500K bulbs because I think the tank looks better with them.

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What is the best "K" that plants like?
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