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Nano Lighting Suggestions

I am going to be putting together an 8 gallon rimless nano tank. It will be low-tech, so no CO2 except for excel. I am having a hard time finding good looking lighting solutions that aren't too expensive. Any suggestions from purchasing lighting online? Thanks!
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For the smaller tanks, ppl tend to buy a specific desk lamp from Home Depot or Lowes. I think its like a $20 lamp and they replace the bulb. I'm sure you can dig around and find out which one, or someone else will reply.
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Hamilton Bay lighting I think
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It doesn't show up at Home Depot online-store, but I saw one there yesterday. It was 27W made by Lights of America and costs 39 bucks.
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If you are up for DIY, you can do a DIY LED setup. Something like this

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I have one of these and its treating me well
http://www.current-usa.com/satellite.html
mine is 18 watts but to be honest i thinkin bout upgrading it to 36
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Thanks so much for the recommendations guys! I'll check them out.
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Yes, Ive had it over an ada 30c and it grew plants well. Great bulb flexibility. Only one pwr cord though.

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I also use a Catalina (2x13) on my 4 gal tank. Very good quality light. The legs are the same as the Coralife legs so you can save some money and buy them at your LFS if they have them.

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I f I wanted to do an easy no CO2 8 gallon tank, would a 1 x 13 watt be enough? I was thinking of mostly using mosses and easy low light plants ( as this will be going in my girlfriend's apartment)
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Go for at least the 2x13, that way you can mix some bulbs for better coloring - 8000K, 7100K, 6500K, mix em up.
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I am actually having a hard time finding a light that looks nice and is not too expensive. Anyone use this LED light by Azoo for their nano? I just want something bright enough for low light plants:
http://www.marinedepot.com/ps_ViewItem~category~Azoo_Neo_Light_LED_Flexible_M ount_LEDs~vendor~Azoo~SearchStr~az72178~action~vie w~idProduct~AZ72178~idCategory~FILTFILDFX~child~AZ 72178.html
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Yes, Ive had it over an ada 30c and it grew plants well. Great bulb flexibility. Only one pwr cord though.
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I also use a Catalina (2x13) on my 4 gal tank. Very good quality light. The legs are the same as the Coralife legs so you can save some money and buy them at your LFS if they have them.

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