I have a 10 gallon also. Mine uses the compact fluorescent. The rule of thumb is 4 watts per gallon. I'm using corallife 50/50 20 watt bulbs in each side. I'm also adding LED lights.what light should i use for my ten gallon tank.its a one soild light system i have a nano reef no fish in it yet.
I'm going to change out my lighting to something similar.My gf has a 10 gallon nano reef and she has a 70 watt Metal Halide with mini led moon lights. Her tank grows corals like I only wish I could grow in my 75 gallon tank! In fact any time something starts to look crummy in my tank we put it in hers for a month and it bounces back 10x brighter than it was. too bad it looks crappy when it hits my tank again. lol.
Oh yah. Gotta love craigslist. I'm searching for just the right lights. I want to go 'topless'. I actually found my 10 gallon complete with full hood, lights, deco, gravel etc ( freshwater set up) on the side of the road in someones curbside garbage.It sat around for almost a year in our garage. Then I pulled it out, threw out the gravel and deco, scalded it in hot water/alcohol, and started cycling it 3 weeks ago for salt waterWe bought it second hand from a WAMAS member. We were asking about the light only, but she said she had a 10 gallon tank and a 3 gallon pico reef available too. I figured out that she was trying to set up a sea horse tank so I traded her my 35 gal hex tank, stand, and hood for her reef and extra tank and bought the light for $100. I LOVE CRAIGS LIST!
I am not sure my gf knows how lucky we got on that deal. This is her first tank after all.
like i said at the beggining of the thread. we have a 70 watt halide about 6 inches over the surface of the water on my gfs tank and we don't have any trouble with heat. If anything just set up two timers to the heater kicks off a little before the light kicks on and turns back on about an hour after the light goes off if you are really that worried about it. I wouldn't recommend a 250w halide or anything like that because of heat, but a nice 70w hal unit with fans in the end etc it pretty much takes care of itself.agreed but on a ten gallon, unles mounted high above the tank i would worry about a lot of heat, wouldnt you? Ive heard t5ho's have pretty good PAR ratings especially in shallow tanks which will allow you to grow anything.
Meant no offense in my response I promise. Sometimes I come off a little harsh. lol.it wwas just a thought to think about not a fact.. im not all that familiar with small tanks like that. thinking of settinh up a small tank for frag/qt