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I should probably know this:oops: but, I got a 10 gallon tank, I'm going to set up at work. Of course, I want it to have live plants. If the hood holds 2 incandescent bulbs of 15 watts each, would that be considered medium, high light, what? Need to know so I can figure what plants I can get.

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Use two CFL Daylight bulbs, 10w each. These are the spiral bulbs. Daylight means 6500K. I have these over my 10g and 20g, and they work fine.
 

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Use two CFL Daylight bulbs, 10w each. These are the spiral bulbs. Daylight means 6500K. I have these over my 10g and 20g, and they work fine.
Thanks Byron. Do you get these at Home Depot? Lowes? What does CFL stand for?
 

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CFL is a Compact Florescent Lightbulb. I found mine at Walmart but you can find them just about anywhere that sells lights. Just be sure that you get the [6500K] bulbs or your plant won't get anything from them; 6500K is nearest to natural sunlight.
 

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Thanks Byron. Do you get these at Home Depot? Lowes? What does CFL stand for?
Hardware and home improvement type stores carry them. I get mine at Canadian Tire in Canada as they carry GE and I like these, but Home Depot I believe carries Phillips or Sylvania, Lowe's probably one of them. Just make sure it is the 6500K, there is only one of these from each manufacturer, the rest of their CFL are warmer.

CFL is Compact Fluorescent, the energy-saving screw-in bulbs now replacing the original incandescent bulbs. They are usually spiral shaped.
 
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CFL is a Compact Florescent Lightbulb. I found mine at Walmart but you can find them just about anywhere that sells lights. Just be sure that you get the [6500K] bulbs or your plant won't get anything from them; 6500K is nearest to natural sunlight.
Thanks to you both! I just got back from picking the "daylight" 9 watt, at Home Depot, and they only had the highest being 5,000K. So, I guess I'll go to Walmart tomorrow when I take this tank to work, unless 5,000K will work. There are 2 bulbs, so doesn't that equal 10,000K :cool:

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From what I have read having bulbs with a 5000k - 7500k will work for plant growth but 6500k will work best because it's in the middle of the spectrum.
 

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Kelvin is the colour temperature of the light, with lower numbers being warm (more red, less blue) and higher numbers being cool (more blue, less red). Plants need red, blue and green light. The 6500K bulbs provide all three. Thus, they work better. They also render colours of fish and plants more exactly.
 

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Thanks to you both. I took your advise, found the right 6,500K bulbs at Walmart, and they are in the tank. Now what fish to put it;-)

Hoping to see nice plant growth with these lights.
 

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Thanks to you both. I took your advise, found the right 6,500K bulbs at Walmart, and they are in the tank. Now what fish to put it;-)

Hoping to see nice plant growth with these lights.
You will.:-D I have very good plant growth in my two smallest tanks with these bulbs, and no algae. I've never figured out why this should be, but it is.
 

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You will.:-D I have very good plant growth in my two smallest tanks with these bulbs, and no algae. I've never figured out why this should be, but it is.
Hmmm, that's good to know. I'm thinking of a pair of the small chiclids, but was worried about algae, knowing that the algae eaters wouldn't do well in ph of 8.0+. Still can't decide what to put in the 10 gallon I've set up. I guess even if my water at work is 8.0ph, most Amazon/S.A. fish can still do okay?

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Hmmm, that's good to know. I'm thinking of a pair of the small chiclids, but was worried about algae, knowing that the algae eaters wouldn't do well in ph of 8.0+. Still can't decide what to put in the 10 gallon I've set up. I guess even if my water at work is 8.0ph, most Amazon/S.A. fish can still do okay?

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Wild caught fish will certainly have difficulties, but the GH is just as crucial if not moreso and I don't know what that is. Tank-raised fish can vary, but again the GH factors into this. Pristella Tetra would have no issue, but neons and cardinals would not last long-term. Our profiles for these fish explain why.
 
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