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help choosing low tech light?

I have never replaced any of my tanks lights before they all came with the kit. This is my first time setting up a planted tank and I want to make sure the plants I chose will do well but I don't want to spend more than $40 on a light. The tank size is 10 gallons.

So I any recommendations for specific light fixtures?
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How much are these lights on average?

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I have never replaced any of my tanks lights before they all came with the kit. This is my first time setting up a planted tank and I want to make sure the plants I chose will do well but I don't want to spend more than $40 on a light. The tank size is 10 gallons.

So I any recommendations for specific light fixtures?
https://www.amazon.com/Beamswork-FSP...16347226&psc=1


Assuming 20" tank width..


May want to break the budget w/ this:
https://www.amazon.com/BeamsWork-Tim...886402&sr=8-13


W/ simple on/off and considring a weaker (though adequate for your tank) light.
https://www.amazon.com/NICREW-Aquari...2s9dHJ1ZQ&th=1

https://www.amazon.com/MingDak-Aquar..._t3_B08GC8P857

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thanks for the reply.
I just looked and there are a lot of nicrew plant lights. is this the best one for low light? I could spend a little more to get some thing better.
The plants will be, dwarf saggitaria, water wisteria, contortion vallisneria, moneywort, and ludwigia repens.

Bump: yes the length is 20in

The no crew led has more ratings on Amazon. What is the difference between the two?

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The no crew led has more ratings on Amazon. What is the difference between the two?

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Mindak and Nicrew?
Mindak 11W Nicrew 14W.

Nicrew has more red diodes.
Mindak has w/r/b mode w/r mode

Quote:
3 LIGHT MODES: White+Blue+red LEDS on,white+red LEDS on and only blue LEDS on
Nicrew all leds, or just blue leds.

Both have 8,10,12 timer mode..


Need to go through the fine print

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I think I will go with Nicrew or beamswork what is the difference? I dont get the lighting colors, does it matter? which will grow the plants I chose best?
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Color for the most part is is for you.

Beamswork is 20watts.

https://aquariumpardata.com/fixtures...A-FSPEC-LED-60

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How many watts should I have for a 10 gal?
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20w beamswork in your shallow tank could produce about 100 par, more or less, at the substrate.

Point is most any 1w/gal led
is more than adequate.

Dimming may be more critical.
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I a thinking to get this light https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083ZDMMYH/ref=emc_b_5_t?th=1. It is dimmable so I can adjust if there is any algea issues. The beamswork light is not dimmable right?
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Like the Nicrew a dimmer/ timer is an
add on to the Beamswork.
https://www.amazon.com/NICREW-Channe.../dp/B07WT8VK28
The Nicrew looks like a good choice btw

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Ok I will go with the Nicrew

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