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Building a 12x12 rimless cube...light question

I will be constructing my cube this week sometime, I was wondering if this would be a decent light fixture, with a 6500k or 10000k bulb:

http://www.catalinaaquarium.com/prod...oducts_id=1566

I just want to have enough light to grow maybe star grass and some other basic stems like ludwigia maybe. The plan right now is to dose with Seachem products like my other tanks, maybe try DIY CO2 eventually.

I don't want a "high light" cube....


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The light you have linked would probably be fine. Do note that the light, however, comes with an actinic bulb, which not be useful in a planted tank.

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Contacted them, they will swap a 10k or 6500k. Then I was thinking that's only 13 watts, and I re-read Rex's thoughts on lights. Maybe the Catalina http://www.catalinaaquarium.com/prod...oducts_id=1232 would be a better choice with 26 watts.


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go with the dual 13w fixture, thats the exact one i used on my 30C, more than enough light to grow anything.
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+1 for the dual light... I have a Coralife 12'' fixture on my Cube (see my sig) it's got 36 watts of 10,000*K bulbs, I'm only running one now due to a little algae...

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I built a tank about the same size as yours recently, and I'm just using a desk lamp with a CFL bulb.


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I just purchase the Archaea 27 W Power Compact Clip on Light Fixture from Aqua Forest. It's sleek and fits really nice on a 1 foot cube tank. They don't have it on their website because it is not ADA but they do stock it and sell it for $60. Here is a link to it on another website.


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I'm pretty sure a 13w CF will be plenty to grow basic stems. Dual fixture & no CO2 is asking for algae. Could run a single bulb, but then whats the point of buying the double?
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I run two 13w CF bulbs. Probably too much light, because I occasionally get some algae outbreaks.
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