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I have a 10 gallon tank set up with a bit of plants, which light is best for my tank? I currently have these to choose from:

13W 825 lumens 6500k mini spiral CFL bulbs

Hatch lighting 15T10/CL 120V I don't know anymore information on this bulb but it makes a nice yellow light.

I would appreciate it if anyone could inform me which of these two lights will increase my plant growth.

Thank you
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I have a 10 gallon tank set up with a bit of plants, which light is best for my tank? I currently have these to choose from:

13W 825 lumens 6500k mini spiral CFL bulbs

Hatch lighting 15T10/CL 120V I don't know anymore information on this bulb but it makes a nice yellow light.

I would appreciate it if anyone could inform me which of these two lights will increase my plant growth.

Thank you
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The mini spiral fluorescent hands down.

The Hatch is an incandescent bulb. You would need a lot more watts over the tank to get the same amount of light as a fluorescent bulb. The fluorescent you listed has 825 lumens, this incandescent has 115.
http://www.lightbulbemporium.com/sli...l_aquarium.asp

Most of us with planted tanks prefer the color of fluorescent bulbs too, it can look more like daylight if you use a 5000-6500K rated bulb.


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