04-25-2010, 07:38 PM
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On a 10g your cheapest option is incadescent with CF bulbs as redchigh indicated. Alternatively, a single flourescent tube will work; I've done this with no problems.
If the "appearance" of the aquarium is not critical, I would recommend a glass cover and a fixture (either incadescent or flourescent) that extends the length of the tank. This is what I use on my 70g, 90g and 115g aquaria. This way you can get a fixture that is full length and thus take a longer tube than a custom 10g tank "hood" with a light which may look "nicer" (depending upon your viewpoint) but provide for a shorter (and therefore less intense light) tube.
With fluorescent, there are the Life-Glo tubes by Hagen/Nutrafin. These have a special coating on one half of the inside that directs light out the other half with more intensity that regular tubes. They cost more obviously. The "ordinary" tubes are Life-Glo 2, and these special ones are Life-Glo. They are T8 so that is again more light intensity (than T12) and they last 3 years. These are full spectrum, 6700K, excellent single-tube lights. There are the less expensive ones by Phillips, Sylvania, GE available at hardware stores, which would obviously be normal output but in T8 these are still good light.
Last edited by Byron; 04-25-2010 at 07:42 PM..