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10 gallon tank-100.00 budget

I have the tank but its bare,no light no glass top. I have a small oceanic pump that camp out of a Biocube14. I'd like to keep simple quick growing plants. I really like the look of ground cover with maybe a few taller plants in the mix. Maybe some cherry barbs? Budget of 100.00. I need your ideas.
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a simple desktop light (alot of people use the hampton bay one from homedepot that is like $20.00)

a few fish, some plants and you should be on your way.

with a 10g tank you can do diy co2 if you want a wider selection of plants

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If you want to go low tech, I'd get a 15 watt T8 strip and put it over a glass canopy. If you want to go medium tech with DIY CO2, I'd get an incandescent fixture and replace the bulbs with screw-in CF bulbs in the 15-20 watt range. That should set you back about $30 either way.

$20 for substrate. My favorite is Flourite black. Rinse it really, really well before use. Eco Complete would be another good option. One bag of either should do it.

That leaves $50 for plants and fish.

Ground covers for a 10gal tank- E. tenellus 'narrow,' Marseila minuta, or Lilaeopsis mauritiana if no CO2, Glosso or Hairgrass if with CO2. Anubias nana 'petite,' a few small Crypts (C. lutea is one of my favs), Rotala rotundifolia... those are some of my own favorite plants for small tanks.





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Light-Get a screw in cfl ones. Look around craigslist and you can get cheap ten gallons with this hood. Just go to wally world and get 2 6500k bulbs cfls.

substrate- you can get pool filter sand (10 dollars for 50 LB) Eco complete (20 for 20lbs) Turface Pro Grey 20ish for 50 LBs)

Filter- aquaclear 20 of ebay for around 20 shipped
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So do I put two CF bulbs in the incandescent fixture? Does it need a splash guard? What wattage bulbs? I am thinking of going the low-med tech route. Maybe a diy Co2.
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Yeah, the cfl twisties are a direct replacement, just like you'd do elsewhere around the house. I'm not sure, but I thought those hoods came with a full cover that has a clear plastic splash guard for the lights. Someone else may be able to clarify. I'm using the incandescent hoods that came with my 10 gals and they have it. I can't really say about the bulbs, but if I had to guess, I'd say 20 watts each. Also, be sure to get the ones labeled as daylight 6500K.


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