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Couple of newbie questions

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I recently got back into fish after a 20 year sidetrack. I have a 55 with some angels, but would like to try a serious planted tank. I may have limited myself by starting with a 10 gal tank. I grabbed some Eco Complete and now I'm stuck. Do I need heating coils at this size? I can't seem to find them. How about the best lighting system? I have a single 18 inch T8. but what would be the best? I thought by keeping small I could go all out, but maybe it's too small. Any help would be appreciated.

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DO you mean heating coils as in those under the substrate ones? They are not really used by any of us as their alleged benefits have gone unproven for a long time. In addition, using them would mean that plant roots will get entangled, making replanting very difficult.

As for lighting, what is "best" depends on what you want. Do you want to have a high light, high maintenance (i.e. CO2 is a requirement, fertilization is a requirement, frequent pruning and rescaping, etc), or a lower light, lower maintenance tank?

The choice of lighting you have will also limit the plants that you want to grow. Alternatively, you can start about choosing the plants that you want to grow, and then tailoring your light setup to match the requirements of those plants (of course, if you choose high light requiring plants, you will naturally have to have a high light, high maintenance tank).

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Most people don't use the heating coils. I looked into them a while back and they sounded like more hassle than any potential [and debatable] benefit.

Your current lighting is perfect for a low tech 10gal setup, it's what I run over my own. CO2 is entirely optional at this light level. Though I have found removing the whole hood and running the light over a glass canopy helps distribute the light more evenly through the tank- especially helps get light to the front of the tank.

Check out the Low Tech forum for ideas and the sticky at the top of that forum if you want to stick with this lighting.





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I've seen some really nice 10 gallon planted tanks. Go for it.

I have the heating coils and can tell you that I wouldn't do it again. In fact when I get around to a complete re-do I'll be taking them out for sure. For the average cosy of a submersible heater you can buy an in-line heater that you can hook up to a cannister filter, if you go that way.
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Thanks,

I was reading some books and they kept touting heating coils. I have an all glass hood, I guess I'll just go with a 6700 K bulb.
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My personal favorite bulb is the 9325k, you can usually find them at Walmart. IMO the lower kelvins look too yellow... but that's totally just up to individual preference.





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