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Old 02-22-2013, 03:11 AM   #1
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Lighting for 10 gallon?


Hello.
I am looking for the correct lighting needed for a 10 gallon, heavily planted aquarium with mostly stem plants and mosses, with the following livestock:
  • red cherry shrimp
  • pygmy corydoras
  • Otocinclus catfish
  • Bushynose Plecos
I do not know how the aquarium would rate in the terminology of low-light, high-light, etc. I just need to know the lumens, K, the type of bulb...perhaps someone could post a link to an example, or a cheap place to purchase them? Thank-you very much!
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:58 AM   #2
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Here's a couple I found that would work.

http://www.bigalspets.com/fish/light...x-20-w-20.html

Cheaper one with hood.
http://www.bigalspets.com/fish/light...od-oak-20.html

Look for 20" fixtures go throught the list
http://www.bigalspets.com/fish/lighting.html

If it's heavly planted you want a 2 bulb one 6500K to 12000K and one actinic for deep water penitration
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:02 AM   #3
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I really enjoy my Aquatclife 20" fixture. You'll need CO2 if you're going to use it, though. I just use the stock bulbs that come with it. It's a nice quality fixture and has a splash guard so you can easily put window screening over the light if it is too much.
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I have an AquaticLife 36" and it's great I get bulbs off of ebay for 4 for $40 12K or Actinic.
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If you don't need it to be neat looking. I use a clamp light from Home Depot or lowes with a CFL bulb that is 6500K. Works great for me. I have moss, java fern, Pygmy chain sword, and other low light plants. With what your looking to grow the clamp light would be fine.

http://www.homedepot.com/buy/designe...l#.USdxxRG9KSM

Found this. I know it says discontinued but I'm sure Home Depot has them just maybe diff brand.. Walmart and target also carry versions. With a bulb you shouldn't be spending more then $20
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