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What do you use to light nano tanks?

For a while now, I've been using a small light fixture from another tank to light up my Ocean Free nano. I was looking at those desk lamp lights (under $15 bucks) and they look perfect for these tanks but I'm wondering what everyone uses to light up their nano tank that is cheap. Thanks in advance
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I used for my 4g nano cube aquarium a 23W CF with 6500k. For the lamp I woul advse you to get a tall one. Happy New Year and good light.

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I am working on building a light out of a bayo shop light for my daughters ocean free (13 watt cf, 7600k, $10)

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I know it's ugly, but it works:

I have a 30 inch flourescent striplight sitting right on top of two ocean free tanks. Keeps the water warm too.
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This is how I light up my nano.

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i used a desk lamp with a 15 watt CF in it for the shrimp bowl and i use a similar bulb in the hood that was for the 5 gallon

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I'm also plannng to use a desk lamp for my ocean free tank, is 25 watts to much for a 1 gallon tank? Or should I go with a 20 watts or 10 watts?
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Coralife mini aqualight. It doesn't get any more elegant than this, IMO. Good way to get 18W over the tank at $25.

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Coralife mini aqualight. It doesn't get any more elegant than this, IMO. Good way to get 18W over the tank at $25.
except you cant use the legs on it, which deterred me from getting one.
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On my 2.5 gallon, I use a two-socket incandescent hood that was for my 10 gallon. It has 2 CF bulbs in place of the incandescents. To make it fit, I cut the ends off of either side, shortened both sides, then re-attached the end pieces with silicone. The reflectors on the inside only went so far on each side anyways, and at the width the hood is now, the reflectors go all the way across the hood. Works great and looks pretty decent, too.
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I was planning to use the strip light method too but the problem is I can't find any more of those Ocean Free tanks. 18" 15 watts seems a bit of a waste for such a small tank
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except you cant use the legs on it, which deterred me from getting one.
Unless you want it to be an open top tank, then I don't see what the point of using legs on it would be. It sits on top of the tank perfectly.

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Unless you want it to be an open top tank, then I don't see what the point of using legs on it would be. It sits on top of the tank perfectly.
Hehe, I forgot that it was for the OceanFree tank with that reply .
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i second Eric about the coralife mini. I have one on an ocean free tank. Its growing my plants well


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