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Old 01/07/2008, 12:44 AM
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what to light a 10g softie tank with?

trying to decide on how to light my planned 10g softie tank while not breaking the bank.

70W in PC?

100W in T5?

150W+ in MH?

any thoughts

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Old 01/07/2008, 10:42 AM
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Take a look at the Current Nova 2 tube 18" lights. They are cheap, run cool, very compact and bright. Forget all the "no individual reflectors" comments about the Nova--your tank isn't very deep. I run three of these units on a cube and they are as bright as 160 watts of PC and no heat problems. R
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Old 01/07/2008, 10:59 AM
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I agree, I would just buy a PC fixture. Very affordable and plenty of light for your apllication. I would steer clear of MH for your tank, that is an awful lot of heat for 10G of water and most softies dont like that much intensity.
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Old 01/07/2008, 11:17 AM
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70w metal halide would be the best choice IMO

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Old 01/07/2008, 11:29 AM
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i found this 20" 2x40W PC Satellite by current, would this work?
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Old 01/07/2008, 11:35 AM
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the 70W mh might be possible but i cant seem to find any
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Old 01/07/2008, 12:01 PM
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i found this 20" 2x40W PC Satellite by current, would this work?
I've used this exact fixture on a 10g before. Nice little light IMO and with separate chords for the two bulbs, a moonlight and cooling fans it is very flexible. Downside is replacing those expensive PC bulbs.

For softies and LPS it would be a good option.

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Old 01/07/2008, 01:06 PM
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T5's rock the house
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Old 01/07/2008, 02:02 PM
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yeah but do they make T5s that will fit over a 20in tank?
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Old 01/08/2008, 10:55 AM
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Old 01/08/2008, 11:11 AM
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I have the current nova 4x24T5HO fixture over my 10g. You can start w/ 2 bulbs for shrooms/softies, and use 4 if you go higher light stuff. it's a little big on the tank and sticks over the ege a little on both sides, but no big deal.



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Old 01/08/2008, 02:13 PM
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Im running the 20" 150w sunpod on mine. With a 4 inch pc fan it stays right at 78 degrees.
 

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