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I recently picked up the AT20 Nano Tank (2.6 gallon cube) for less than $30. I plan on making it planted shrimp tank for RCS that will sit on our kitchen counter in the corner. I'm confident that the included LED will not do much more than illuminate, in that it won't grow.

Herein lies my struggle, I'd like a Finnex Planted+ Clipon, but those things are $43, which seems overkill for this, as it will be relatively low tech, I'll dose PPS and/or Glutaraldehyde if I need to, but won't unless it's an algae issue, as I'll be growing lower light plants. The space probably won't be big enough for java ferns though.

Are there some cheap LED lights that will grow low level plants that are secretly cheap (or am I going to spend $25+ no matter what)?

This is my fourth tank and spending another $100 or more to get it going isn't going to be quite, well, tolerated. I'd be happy if I could buy a book light or something similar that would work. The only thing is it has to look somewhat fit and finished otherwise it can't go in the kitchen.

Browsing online for clipon LED lights is a sea of possibilities and though I'd ask here first, as you ladies and gentlemen would know best.

Thank you.
 

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I recently picked up the AT20 Nano Tank (2.6 gallon cube) for less than $30. I plan on making it planted shrimp tank for RCS that will sit on our kitchen counter in the corner. I'm confident that the included LED will not do much more than illuminate, in that it won't grow.

Herein lies my struggle, I'd like a Finnex Planted+ Clipon, but those things are $43, which seems overkill for this, as it will be relatively low tech, I'll dose PPS and/or Glutaraldehyde if I need to, but won't unless it's an algae issue, as I'll be growing lower light plants. The space probably won't be big enough for java ferns though.

Are there some cheap LED lights that will grow low level plants that are secretly cheap (or am I going to spend $25+ no matter what)?

This is my fourth tank and spending another $100 or more to get it going isn't going to be quite, well, tolerated. I'd be happy if I could buy a book light or something similar that would work. The only thing is it has to look somewhat fit and finished otherwise it can't go in the kitchen.

Browsing online for clipon LED lights is a sea of possibilities and though I'd ask here first, as you ladies and gentlemen would know best.

Thank you.
I just bought a utility clamp lamp and clamped it on my fluval spec 3, only cost me $10 and I had a LED bulb laying around. I put a piece of foam floor mat on the back and the lamp is really stiff definitely no chance of falling especially since I have my lid on.
 

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It's 2 watts. I'd try it and if you aren't happy then replace it.

The Finnex clip on is 4 watts for $24. That's not much more than a cheap LED desk lamp and you know the color is good for a planted tank. It is likely more light than you need, consider having floaters at first.
 

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It's 2 watts. I'd try it and if you aren't happy then replace it.

The Finnex clip on is 4 watts for $24. That's not much more than a cheap LED desk lamp and you know the color is good for a planted tank. It is likely more light than you need, consider having floaters at first.
I would also agree with getting the Finnex clip on, I'm in Canada so I can't get the Finnex light for a good/reasonable price :crying:
 

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It's 2 watts. I'd try it and if you aren't happy then replace it.

The Finnex clip on is 4 watts for $24. That's not much more than a cheap LED desk lamp and you know the color is good for a planted tank. It is likely more light than you need, consider having floaters at first.
This is what I'm thinking... I always find myself paying more for lights than I do the entire aquarium/tank setup. I also find when I spend less I always end up regretting it.

The Stingray is $24 and the Planted+ is $43. I like the ability do do moonlights (I have the old Planted+ and use the moonlights fairly often, and I use the custom colors on the 24/7 all the time, most notably red lights all night, which hasn't bothered the 15-gallon shrimp tank in our bedroom as far as I know).

Hmm.. I imagine in a few years custom LEDs will be a lot cheaper, but for now I guess ya'll have talked me into spending on the Finnex products once again.

Always good advice.
 

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I recently picked up the AT20 Nano Tank (2.6 gallon cube) for less than $30. I plan on making it planted shrimp tank for RCS that will sit on our kitchen counter in the corner. I'm confident that the included LED will not do much more than illuminate, in that it won't grow.

Herein lies my struggle, I'd like a Finnex Planted+ Clipon, but those things are $43, which seems overkill for this, as it will be relatively low tech, I'll dose PPS and/or Glutaraldehyde if I need to, but won't unless it's an algae issue, as I'll be growing lower light plants. The space probably won't be big enough for java ferns though.

Are there some cheap LED lights that will grow low level plants that are secretly cheap (or am I going to spend $25+ no matter what)?

This is my fourth tank and spending another $100 or more to get it going isn't going to be quite, well, tolerated. I'd be happy if I could buy a book light or something similar that would work. The only thing is it has to look somewhat fit and finished otherwise it can't go in the kitchen.

Browsing online for clipon LED lights is a sea of possibilities and though I'd ask here first, as you ladies and gentlemen would know best.

Thank you.
One or two of these would do the job. I have 2 on a Spec III and I have gotten good growth. They are on a cheap Fluval ramp timer so I get the whole sunrise/sunset thing. Out of the box they are a lot like a spot light but if you unscrew the lens it will increase the spread quite a bit. I think you can get them from kensfish.com for around $13. Hope this helps.
 

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