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post #1 of 15 Old 04-19-2011, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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What type of light fixture should I use for 10g planted

Setting up my 10g planted tank.

It is going to be mainly
-DIY CO2 with ladder diffuser
-Java moss
-Taiwan Moss
-Dwarf Baby tears
-RCS
-6 Cherry Barbs

I was wondering if i could just buy a new bulb with more intense light and higher watts for for the stock fixture that came with the Aqueon Starter kit

Looks like the normal ones just like this

The back of the fixture says 120v 19W

The bulb in it right now is the standard 15w full spectrum



Or i was looking at getting one of the fixtures from Aquatraders.com


This one - 24inch (will hang over the tank a big but good deal with 2x 6500k T5 HO lamps)
Odyssea T5 High Output Lighting

OR, this one which is a power compact light fixture 36w 50/50 combo lamp
Odyssea Power Compact Lighting


Let me know what you think please!
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post #2 of 15 Old 04-19-2011, 06:04 PM
both those fixtures are very much overkill, its too much light especially for DIY CO2

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post #3 of 15 Old 04-19-2011, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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so what should i get instead of this 15 watt junk one.

It isnt very bright and the color sucks
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post #4 of 15 Old 04-19-2011, 06:24 PM
A new bulb? 15 watts seems adequate IMO... especially if you use a good bulb. You can't get one with more wattage, but you get get one with a better spectrum. Other then that I would suggest just a DIY hood with spiral compacts...

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post #5 of 15 Old 04-19-2011, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Ill probably just go with a ZooMed 6500k bulb than.

Think that would be good?
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post #6 of 15 Old 04-19-2011, 06:55 PM
If thats what you want to use it is probably fine. I prefer higher kelvin temps, but its more for color preference. I could not find a spectral graph for that particular bulb so can't really say much about it.

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I'm actually at the store now, going to try out the flora sun max plant growth bulb.

5000k high intensity lamp with peak emissions in blue an red.
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I'm actually at the store now, going to try out the flora sun max plant growth bulb.

5000k high intensity lamp with peak emissions in blue an red.

30 return policy too so if it's not working out I'll try another one from petco
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post #9 of 15 Old 04-20-2011, 12:50 PM
You may find it is very yellow/green. Its fine if you like the color though. Its mainly preferance. I am picky when it comes to color unless I am using cheap bulbs.
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I actually did a litle more, I got that bulb and rigged up a DIY system with another ballast that is now using the full spectrum bulb that came with the original. So now I'm running 2 15w bulbs over the tank 1 5000k and 1 full spectrum. Looks pretty good so far, I'm getting my Taiwan moss in the mail today too so I'm going to do some aquascaping later woo! Lol
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