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Ideas for adding more light to 10 gal hood

I have a 10 gallon petsmart starter tank with the typical hood and two sockets for bulbs. I am wondering if anyone has ever retrofitted one of these hoods to add more light...

like getting a really small under the counter flourescent fixture and glueing it to the underside of the hood?

Any ideas? Cheap, easy and quick is what I am looking for.
Has anyone done something like this?

thanks,
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If it's an incandescent hood, you can probably fit two 15w CFL spirals into it.

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I have added much more light by switching to florescent... its quite simple to do, I believe I have the same hood as you, go to a hardware store and you should be able to find low wattage screw in florescent bulbs. You should be looking for the 13-25 watt spiral bulbs. These bulbs fit in the hood on mine, if not bend the reflector slightly and they slide right on...Good Luck
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I have two 15 watt CFL bulbs in one of my 10 gallon tanks--gives off good light.
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Two small instant on "daylight" 23 watt spiral CFLs.
Sylvania is the brand I purchase.
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right now I have the 10 watt cf bulbs from walmart that you can fins in the fish section. But I think I will try the spiral, higher wattage ones.

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I use a 23W bulb on my 4.5 gallon. You might not be able to fit two in the hood though, so measure first. 18W would probably fit


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Make sure you get "day light" or 6500k bulbs.

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I use U shaped screw in floursecents in there. You can get them up to 22 watt.

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right now I have the 10 watt cf bulbs from walmart that you can fins in the fish section. But I think I will try the spiral, higher wattage ones.

thanks guys.
I got 2 X 10watt 6500K daylight spiral type from Lowes, they worked great for me.
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shrimpo,

would the 2 X10 watt bulbs be considered medium light? I seem to recall reading somehwere that alot of light gets lost in a 10 gallon tank so you need to overshoot a little. What plants did you grow in them?
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shrimpo,

would the 2 X10 watt bulbs be considered medium light? I seem to recall reading somehwere that alot of light gets lost in a 10 gallon tank so you need to overshoot a little. What plants did you grow in them?
The plants i had in there if i still remember, water sprite, dwarf baby tears, java moss, and other stem plants...
If you get the 10 watt light mentioned above, make sure its the 6500k daylight because they have other ones that is only 2700K...
I read many times that the watt per gallon formula doesn't work anymore, so i don't know if 2 X 10 watt bulbs considered as medium light.
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