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Old 04-05-2006, 04:38 AM   #1
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10gal confusion


I've been reading a lot of posts about lighting but am still confused about what is recommended.

I'm recently converting to my tank to a planted tank and am researching about lights. This is my first by the way.

Anyway, I've seen people post that one 35w, 6700k light is enough to "grow anything".

I've also seen people say that that is not enough and that they have about 2x35w lights. I've also seen someone post that they have like 60w (or around there). But I assume that w/ that kind of set up, pressurized CO2 and Excel is needed.

So what's the real solution here?

Also, can those kits on AH Supply fit a plastic hood or the hood must be wood? I bought a starter kit that came w/ a plastic hood and I just want to make sure the hood won't melt or anything.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-05-2006, 07:44 AM   #2
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you can try compact flourescent lights iam running 2x15watt 6500k lights and everthing is growing pretty good, you could even use 2 20watt in the stock hoods i think, heres a pic of my hood i made
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Old 04-05-2006, 12:02 PM   #3
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Hey bereninga
read this link:
http://www.rexgrigg.com/light.htm
and then this one.
http://www.rexgrigg.com/mlt.htm

actually if this is your first planted tank, read the site, it helped me out a lot.

BTW, where in NJ are you from?
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Old 04-05-2006, 12:35 PM   #4
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The AH Supply kits will normally fit into a standard plastic strip light. However some strip lights for 10 gallon tanks are too small. Look at the measurements of the reflector and then measure your strip light.
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Old 04-05-2006, 02:01 PM   #5
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I have a eclipse 12 gallon with a ah 36w and things are growing great.
I also have a 10 gallon shrimp tank with a coralife aqualight 28w and its growing great . It really depends on what you want to grow and if you want to add co2 . Ive also tried a normal incandescent hood on my 10 and went to wall-mart and got 2 20w cf bulbs from american lighting i belive . they are 6500k the color was good but actually it wasnt any brighter than my 28w aqualight i belive it due to the poor reflector in the stock fixture and restrike.

second part of question im not sure if a ah light will fit in a stock light fixture go to their website ahsupply.com and check it out . Here are the measurements they post (The 2x36w setup shown above can fit over a 10 gallon tank. The reflector is 17.5"L x7"W x 2"H.) One should be more than enough on a 10.
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Old 04-05-2006, 02:36 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone for your replies. I'm in Woodbridge, NJ, by the way. I usually go to PetSmart in Woodbridge or Petco in Edison. These are the only pet stores I know of in my area.

Since I am not really a DIY kind of person, I think I've made a decision to get the Coralife Aqualight with a 36w, 6700k bulb. (I would also have to get a glass canopy for this, right?)

Does this sound okay for a planted tank?
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the instructions on the aqualight box say its only for use over a glass canapy i dont think you need it but unless you buy the legs the light can fall into the water. My cat jumps on top of mine all the time and this has prevented this from happening to me. I also have the legs but dont use them they are nice and hold the light and lift it from the tank and prevent heat trans. but i dont like it when the light escapes and goes into the room.
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Old 04-05-2006, 02:55 PM   #8
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I will probably use the legs since I wouldn't want my light to fall into my tank.

So you say you use the legs or you don't? I was a bit confused there.

So what kind of hood do you have? I have a pretty generic one that came w/ my tank.
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Old 04-05-2006, 03:01 PM   #9
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i have the legs but do not use them as it raises the light about 2 inches off the tank and allows light into the room. I dont like that.
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Flourite Red
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Feeding HBH Lobster crab bites and Algae Wafers.
No Co2 and very light fertilization
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Old 04-05-2006, 03:04 PM   #10
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also do they have a Aqualight with a 36w I was only able to find a 20 inch aqualight that was 28w . if you go high light you are gonna have to go co2 or at least excel. Im trying to get my co2 hooked to my 10 since things are growing so fast, but i have to get a manifold and needle valve to split it from my main tank
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Flourite Red
28w corallife aqualight
Various Mosses.
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Feeding HBH Lobster crab bites and Algae Wafers.
No Co2 and very light fertilization
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Old 04-05-2006, 03:48 PM   #11
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Yeah, I was thinking about getting this for CO2:
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2004+113779

Or just DIY since it's easy to make.

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And here are a couple of links for lighting:
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2004+113345
http://www.marineandreef.com/shoppro...aqualight.html
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Old 04-06-2006, 06:13 AM   #12
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guys was checking the site from rex riggs, would like to ask what is his WPG tank rule then on tanks lower than 10 gallons?

for something like medium light plants
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Old 04-06-2006, 01:31 PM   #13
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If only there was some sort of chart that had a full list of possible light combos for typical tank sizes. That would probably help a lot of newbies out.

Btw, so my molly had some babies! My conversion to a planted tank will have to wait now.
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Old 04-06-2006, 03:42 PM   #14
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http://www.fitchfamily.com/lighting.html

scroll all the way to the bottom for a handy site calculator of wpg.

Read the article, it's fascinating.
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