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Old 08-29-2013, 12:19 AM   #1
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10g planted betta tank


ok, so heres the story: my kids betta weve had for yrs finally died....my girlfriend said I should buy them another. so I decided to setup a 10g for it this time instead of the constant maintenance of a bowl....( I know I know). but heres the setup
10g tank
black gravel (osmocote tabs underneath)
marina s10 hob filter which I put my own media in lol


walmart 10g heater
walmart hood for two 15w incandescent bulbs.... which I ended up buying 2-10w mini fluorescents
does anyone know anything about these bulbs im sure im in the low light range but would love any info someone could give me on these lights and what can be exected out of them






I'm planning on getting a back ground for it and probably either a bag of Eco complete like I have on my 90g or maybe some fluval stratum.
Do either of you know if those bulbs are in the super low light level? And can you recommend any low light plants I could keep in here cause my 90g is high tech so I'm not real sure how to do low tech lol. And it being low tech should I start liquid dosing at some point? And do I HAVE to dose some thing like excel ?

Here's a pic of my 90g too

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Old 08-29-2013, 12:39 AM   #2
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I've never used those fluorescents specifically, With incandescent hoods I usually just use standard daylight CFLs instead. You may have to remove the splash guards to fit some of the larger bulbs. Perfect for a good amount of plants, although I've never tried anything considered "high" light.
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:33 AM   #3
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I've tried looking for CFL at Walmart but it seems like the only ones I could find in 6500k are 100w.... I'm trying to stay as low tech as possible. So I'm not gonna be doing anything high light if I can help it lol. But since I've been high tech with my 90g for so long it's hard to transition down to low light plants and such.
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:38 AM   #4
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pkg says 6500k so plant friendly, yes?
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Old 08-29-2013, 02:01 AM   #5
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I've tried looking for CFL at Walmart but it seems like the only ones I could find in 6500k are 100w.... I'm trying to stay as low tech as possible. So I'm not gonna be doing anything high light if I can help it lol. But since I've been high tech with my 90g for so long it's hard to transition down to low light plants and such.
Are you sure they are 100w and not 100w equivalent? Equivalent ratings just compared them to incandescents, but they aren't a number we really worry about in terms of output.
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Old 08-29-2013, 02:06 AM   #6
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6500 can be tough to find. At my Walmart, I could only find one 13w bulb that wasn't soft white. Had much better luck at Lowes. You can also find them at dollar stores, from time to time.
13w and 23w are the most common. Never have seen a 100w. Think you misread the packaging. That is the equivalent.
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:17 AM   #7
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I must have misread then, thanks for telling me ill have to check it out again cause I paid 6 bucks a peice for these compared to 5 bucks for two lol.....

Do I HAVE to use excel in a low tech tank?
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Not at all, look into the Tom Barr low tech method. A pretty good way to setup a tank w/o Excel or CO2 and not have to do much work.
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Cool ill def check that out.... What kind of low light plants should I try out ? And for carpets
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Those light will put you in low-mid lighting, i use them in a few of my 10 gals dwarf sag can do a good carpet like effect and is easy I am trying out a few different things that might work out most carpet plants need high light and co2
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Those light will put you in low-mid lighting, i use them in a few of my 10 gals dwarf sag can do a good carpet like effect and is easy I am trying out a few different things that might work out most carpet plants need high light and co2
Do you dose your tanks or have to use excel in the 10gs
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I do dose my bigger tanks to help out but I do the min. dose every other day, the dwarf sag will not need it
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Do you dose excel daily ?
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excel not needed terry, just give them the root nutrients and they should be set. i dont know how powerful that filter is but just dont lets detritus get left behind
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> walmart 10g heater
> walmart hood for two 15w incandescent bulbs.... which I ended up buying 2-10w mini fluorescents
> does anyone know anything about these bulbs im sure im in the low light range but would love any info someone could give me on these lights and what can be > exected out of them

Those CFLs are Power CFLs, which is why they're putting out 600 lumens instead of 550 that the 10w spiral CFLs do. I am using a 10w spiral and a 13w spiral over my 10g in "brooder" type dome reflectors, which are very efficient. I think your CFLs are oriented correctly for the most output - horizontally for Power CFLs. The only problem is the white plastic reflectors in the Walmart canopy is very inefficient, so you may only get 550 or maybe less lumens out of each of them. This is probably enough to grow Java Ferns and other low-light plants, but IME not enough for regular plants.
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