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Old 04-25-2010, 07:21 PM   #1
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what is a good lighting for a 10 gal aquarium??


I have a 10 gallon aquarium and i have 2 damsels, 2.5 lbs of LR (Going to add more this week) Decor, Filter , and heater. I am going to add Clownfish and some Xenia or Torch corals later on down the road but i need lighting for that. Any ideas has to be under 100$ THanks
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Old 04-25-2010, 10:28 PM   #2
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Old 04-25-2010, 10:43 PM   #3
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20in tank, options are limited.

Current USA makes an 18in Nova Extreme T5HO that will fit on a 10g. The legs stick out far enough on the sides to make up the size difference. You can get it for under $100.

http://www.thereeftank.com/compare-l...-x2-2x18-watt/
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20in tank, options are limited.

Current USA makes an 18in Nova Extreme T5HO that will fit on a 10g. The legs stick out far enough on the sides to make up the size difference. You can get it for under $100.

http://www.thereeftank.com/compare-l...-x2-2x18-watt/
very limited with this light right? im going to have a BTA and some other high light corals in my current build and was looking at the current nova extreme 6 bulb unit...could i look at something less wattage and price?
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:15 PM   #5
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:41 PM   #6
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Well with salt, aragonite, and filter for 3.5 weeks. with live rock damsels and decor only 3 days
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:56 PM   #7
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very limited with this light right? im going to have a BTA and some other high light corals in my current build and was looking at the current nova extreme 6 bulb unit...could i look at something less wattage and price?
You will be limited by the light I recomended and by the size of the tank itself. It will be difficult to keep levels good enough for an anemone and other high demand corals. It's just not enough water volume to allow room for the typical learning curve that comes with a new tank. Even if you can swing it, an anemone will grow too large for the tank very quickly.

I think the 6 bulb Nova Extreme will cook the tank. Don't be misled by the decrease in heat benefit commonly touted with T5HO fixtures. Even though it's less heat than a typical MH fixture, it's still a significant amount of heat.

I think your plans exceed the reasonable capabilites of your tank. Stick with the soft corals and take it slow.
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the water parameters will be fun to say the least, but I'm confident that once my cycle is over, i have all my proper tests, and additives i will win the fight

i could always use DIY fan kits for the heat of the light...

BTA will be one of the only occupants of the tank so even if he and the other corals outgrow the tank, thats when i move bigger, go 35 gallon hexagon tank 18 inch long so i can use the same lights.
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