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Best light for low tech 10 gallon

Hi, everyone!

First, let me say that this forum is amazing. Most of the questions I've had while researching have been answered here. For that I thank you all!

So, I'm very new to this and still in the planning stages and I'm looking for a light for a 10 gallon planted betta tank that I'll be setting up in January. I did a search here for answers but I can't find any threads that are newer than 2017 and since technology is always improving I figured I'd ask. Maybe it'll help someone else, too.

The tank will have a glass lid because I have idiot cats or maybe a screen lid will be better? I don't know. The plan is for a glass lid so we'll go with that. I also plan to have some red root floaters corralled, if that matters.

For a small tank like this what's the best light? I'd like to keep it under $100 and if I can go lower than that it'd be great since I'm really trying to do this on a budget, if possible.

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VZFSKLH..._t3_B07DDCBC4C

Don't need anything particularly fancy but do at least get dimming.
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Definitely can't beat that price but I've been using this one on a 10 gal cube with good success. More kessil like, at least externally, but under a hundred. Can be manually dimmed.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0723...b_b_asin_title

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Use a nicrew classic plus on my 10g. Not the best or anything but it works for my setup. I have a timer with ramp feature that I bought separately.


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https://www.amazon.com/NICREW-Classi..._dp&th=1&psc=1

Has white, red, blue and green led.

Actually bit to bright for most low tech tank uses so you’ll need a dimmer, this one also allows programming multiple brightness steps so you can do morn, noon and afternoon lighting levels.

https://www.amazon.com/MingDak-Digit...upplies&sr=1-1

Here’s my RRF and general tank shot.



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I'm a fan of these. Both can be dimmed, and the Pawfly even has adjustable height.

https://www.amazon.com/Hygger-Spectr...s%2C201&sr=8-4

https://www.amazon.com/Pawfly-Aquari...qid=1577181918
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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VZFSKLH..._t3_B07DDCBC4C

Don't need anything particularly fancy but do at least get dimming.

I hadn't seen that one before. Thank you.

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Definitely can't beat that price but I've been using this one on a 10 gal cube with good success. More kessil like, at least externally, but under a hundred. Can be manually dimmed.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0723...b_b_asin_title

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Mine is a rectangle tank so I'd worry that one won't provide enough light.

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https://www.amazon.com/NICREW-Classi..._dp&th=1&psc=1

Has white, red, blue and green led.

Actually bit to bright for most low tech tank uses so you’ll need a dimmer, this one also allows programming multiple brightness steps so you can do morn, noon and afternoon lighting levels.

https://www.amazon.com/MingDak-Digit...upplies&sr=1-1

Here’s my RRF and general tank shot.



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Use a nicrew classic plus on my 10g. Not the best or anything but it works for my setup. I have a timer with ramp feature that I bought separately.

The Nicrew is actually the one I was leaning toward, with the timer/dimmer. I'm glad to see other think it's a good light.
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https://www.amazon.com/NICREW-Classi..._dp&th=1&psc=1

Has white, red, blue and green led.

Actually bit to bright for most low tech tank uses so you’ll need a dimmer, this one also allows programming multiple brightness steps so you can do morn, noon and afternoon lighting levels.

https://www.amazon.com/MingDak-Digit...upplies&sr=1-1

Here’s my RRF and general tank shot.



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Use a nicrew classic plus on my 10g. Not the best or anything but it works for my setup. I have a timer with ramp feature that I bought separately.
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I'm a fan of these. Both can be dimmed, and the Pawfly even has adjustable height.

https://www.amazon.com/Hygger-Spectr...s%2C201&sr=8-4

https://www.amazon.com/Pawfly-Aquari...qid=1577181918

I really like the adjustable height feature on the Pawfly.



Thanks for the recommendations, everyone! I'm feeling more confident about picking a light, which was the last stumbling block on the journey.
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I hadn't seen that one before. Thank you.

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Mine is a rectangle tank so I'd worry that one won't provide enough light.

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The Nicrew is actually the one I was leaning toward, with the timer/dimmer. I'm glad to see other think it's a good light.

Make sure you look at what @DaveKS pointed out about the different color lights. Its been a while but some of the older nicrews didnt have the various color lights but had more adjustability. Just an FYI. I use the same light he linked in his comment and it has worked really well for low tech on my 10g. The controller he linked is better then the one I got which only has ramp up and down. The light is pretty bright but I do a 2 hr ramp up and 2 down with probably 8hr photo period and have pretty good control over the algae and what not now. Plants do pretty good considering.



I do have dwarf water lettuce which grows like crazy in that tank, by the time I make it to the water change day it covers about 3/4 of the tank so probably helps to control the light reaching the substrate. The tank is way brighter after I do the weekly half to 2/3s water lettuce removal.


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Make sure you look at what @DaveKS pointed out about the different color lights. Its been a while but some of the older nicrews didnt have the various color lights but had more adjustability. Just an FYI. I use the same light he linked in his comment and it has worked really well for low tech on my 10g. The controller he linked is better then the one I got which only has ramp up and down. The light is pretty bright but I do a 2 hr ramp up and 2 down with probably 8hr photo period and have pretty good control over the algae and what not now. Plants do pretty good considering.



I do have dwarf water lettuce which grows like crazy in that tank, by the time I make it to the water change day it covers about 3/4 of the tank so probably helps to control the light reaching the substrate. The tank is way brighter after I do the weekly half to 2/3s water lettuce removal.

I'm actually looking at the Nicrew planted plus along with the Nicrew timer. The light is full spectrum and the timer simulates sunrise and sunset and is dimmable so I think I have the bases all covered. Very good points you brought up, though.



I used to have a pond that had water lettuce. It grew amazingly and covered the surface in no time until my dog learned that she liked how they popped in her mouth. I never had a problem with them overtaking the pond after that.
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Get the mingdak timer, nicrew being sold on amazon only has 1 time ramp event, mingdak has 6 events per day.

Nicrew has one that is similar to that, model N15010 but I couldn’t find it anywhere.
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I've been running a 10 gallon low tech for quite some time and the stingray light has been great!
I had mine for close to 2 years now without any problem (I regularly splash water on it while doing tank stuff...though this is not recommended).

The only issue with it is that you definitely would need a different light if you wanted to switch over to high tech later on
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Get the mingdak timer, nicrew being sold on amazon only has 1 time ramp event, mingdak has 6 events per day.

Nicrew has one that is similar to that, model N15010 but I couldn’t find it anywhere.

Oh, thank you for that information. I didn't know that.

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I've been running a 10 gallon low tech for quite some time and the stingray light has been great!
I had mine for close to 2 years now without any problem (I regularly splash water on it while doing tank stuff...though this is not recommended).

The only issue with it is that you definitely would need a different light if you wanted to switch over to high tech later on

I'll look at that one, too. I don't have any plans to go to high tech. The expense and the learning curve aren't anything I'm interested in.
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