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Custom lighting for a 10gal?

Anyone have some good guides on how to build a custom t5 canopy/hood for a 10 gallon aquarium?

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T5 is actually too much for a 10g. If you don't put it up higher than a "hood" normally is
you will forever be having algae problems unless you have wall to wall plants and CO2.
However...Zoo Med makes a T5 light strip which uses a single bulb which can be found in the reptile section of pet store adds. So does Catalina for that matter.

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T5 is actually too much for a 10g. If you don't put it up higher than a "hood" normally is
you will forever be having algae problems unless you have wall to wall plants and CO2.
However...Zoo Med makes a T5 light strip which uses a single bulb which can be found in the reptile section of pet store adds. So does Catalina for that matter.
THIS! I had a 48w T5 fixture on top of my 10 gallon, and there would be diatom blooms even after biweekly cleanings and only floramax substrate.
I would go with either a Finnex Fugeray or a Walmart desk lamp fixture with a 13 watt CFL
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