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6 gal nano cube enought light?

Hi, I just bought a 6 gal nano cube. I thought the 18watt PC was not enough light, so I decided to open the hood and see if I could install a second bulb. But to my surprise, I saw things incredibly difficult to do. I guess the one that can be modded very easy is the 12g NC.

So I think I am going to leave it alone and only change the bulb. Do you guys think it is enough light?. Any succes story of your 6 gal nano cube with 1x18watt pc?, pictures?.
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what brand nano cube comes with one 18W bulb? you sure its not 8W?
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You are thinking of the Eclipse System 6, which has 8 watts.

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You are thinking of the Eclipse System 6, which has 8 watts.
i know, thats the one i have. i was wondering what 6g cube comes with an 18w power compact out of the box
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it is not eclipse, it is a replica of the nano cube. Now is it possible to turn the pump off at night for a planted tank, yes or no?
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Now is it possible to turn the pump off at night for a planted tank, yes or no?
I wouldnt. but you can try if you want.

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6 gallon JBJ Nano Cubes all come with an 18 watt CF bulb. Just clearing that up.
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Hi, I'm new at the planted tank, but I did a modification to this tank on the lights. I intalled two 27W PC's on the hood. It came out like this

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Is this too much light for a 6.6 gal?

I did these mod's to use it as a salt water reef, but now I will be setting it up as a FW Planted tank.

Is it ok to leave the 10,000 K bulbs or should I change them for maybe 6700 K?
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Ahhh that's an awesome amount of light. Can't answer your first question, but the 10k bulbs should be fine. 10k, 6.7k, and 6.5k are all fine, just depends on the users preference for color. 10k has a crisper blue look than the others, which are more like sunlight.
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That amount of light should be fine as long as you keep up on your ferts, co2, and water top off (I see you have 2 fans for cooling which will cause rapid evaporation). When it comes to nano tanks the watts per gallon rule falls apart! So having almost 10wpg on a nano is okay!

Start with some fast growers (hygrophillia pollysperma, najas grass, and the such) to even out the paramaters when the tank is first set up and you will be good to go!

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If you find that you've got too much light you can always replace one of the bulbs with a 50/50 or actinic bulb. Since actinic light is all but useless to plants (may promote bushier growth) this will effectively cut the amount of light you're providing your plants. It's handy when you can't find the exact amount of light you want, then you just get a bit higher powered fixture than you need and then use actinics to fine tune down to the actual level you want.


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Hi AvillaX glad to find another Mexican fellow hobbyist down here at PT !

Did you buy the Jebo Nano they are currently selling at the "fish-marts" in Mexico City ??

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