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Desk lamp for nano tank?

would I be able to use a desk lamp for a nano tank? Anybody else tryed it or have a better idea
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Yes you can and many people do it. Usually the hard part is getting a bulb in the temp you want.

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Yes, I use one with a 19 watt 6500k screw in cf for my 1 gallon nano.
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Home Depot has screw in PC's that are 6500 K. They say 'DAYLIGHT' on the packaging. I'm using one over my 8 inch cube tank, HC is growing nicely.

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My 10gallon lit by a desklamp and a clamp-on lamp:


The bulbs are 23W CF spirals. The price is a shocker: 3 for 99c at local supermarket!

I use whatever color temp I can get, don't really care. Here is my 10gallon shrimp tank with 2x15W CF bulb, 2700K(quite yellow), but plants grew well(and no CO2).


I thought the spirals were not efficient overall, due to the excessive restrike, so I am upgrading both tanks with new T6 bulbs and AHS reflectors. Electricity is expensive in CA, I want to get the most light out of the watts I pay for.


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Thanks everybody shalu that 10g is sweet i cant believe how well them lamps work.

I was asking because i am wanting to set up a nano im new to them (i do have a 20gallon planted)

few more questions if anybody can help me please

Im thinking about 2-3 gallons what else would i need for a tank that size would i need to heat or will the heat from the lamp be enough?

Should i use a filter or can i rely on the plants?

How many watts should my desk lamp have?

what sort of live stock can i keep in a tank of that size?
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dude i have the same excact desk lamp fixture on my 20g shrimp tank and its a shrimp tank too! he he heres a picture for proof


(sorry i just had to do that )
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dude i have the same excact desk lamp fixture on my 20g
That makes three of us with that same fixture. Mine is over my 10g. Isn't Wal Mart great?


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yup love it just curious but are you using the sunlight pc screw in lights by lights of america? i'm using the 25watt ones
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just curious but are you using the sunlight pc screw in lights by lights of america? i'm using the 25watt ones
Nope. I am using the 45 watt (2900 Lumens) Soft White -regular, everday light. At least that is what the package says. I figure I am getting around 50% of the light in the tank, but I have some houseplants near by that reap the benefits. I am not sure how effective it is, but the shrimp seem to be doing ok.


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