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Suggested light for 5 gallon?

Hi all. We've put our 5 gallon back up to house some shrimp... it's been used in the past only for fry so wasn't ever concerned about the lighting. I'd like to keep some plants in it this time. This is the tank... http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=3635107

It has a full incandescent hood with 15-watt bulb... I want to keep the hood on but it will be impossible to grow anything with that bulb. I would like to be able to keep some HM in there, possibly something else that will require at least medium light.

Will probably hook up our Hagen co2 to it and dosing ferts as well.

The hood has a 25 watt max... what light bulb do you think would be the best choice so I can get the most out of it for the plants I want to grow? I know wpg won't really mean a thing with that small of tank, but do you think I can get "medium" light with just a bulb in the hood?


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i have 2 of the 5g walmat hexs and use the 15w spiral 6500k daylight bulb made by ge. you can use a larger watt light maybe but the 15w works great for me and wont melt the hood! i have lim aromatica, mosses, java fern, amazons all grow fine.
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If you wanna lose the hood and get even more wattage I just bought a Hampton Bay Desk Lamp with Natural Full Spectrum Lighting (27 Watt) at Home Depot for $19.97.
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If you go with 27 watts you will have to keep on top of your ferts, inject c02 and or Seachem Excel to prevent an algae breakout. I am not saying it cannot be done, but it may turn out to be a tough balancing act and you will have to watch things very carefully just to maintain any balance as algae spores will always be waiting in the wings to take advantage of any mishaps, imbalance, or nutrient deficiencies.
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No, don't really want to lose the hood. We want to keep the shrimp in there and our cats out. I will probably try the GE bulb and see how things go. Thanks for the info
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is that on both sides? or does the hood only have one light bulb socket.


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I just put a 70W MH on my 5 gallon, looks good...

actually looks dimmer than the 2x27W I was running but a nicer color
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is that on both sides? or does the hood only have one light bulb socket.
hod only has one socket on the front, kinda limits high light plants to the front of the tank really. wish it had 2, just dont wanna build a hood for it lol.
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