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You are going I want atleast 2watts per gallon.
JKADLJFKLSJADSF no. There is no need. Unless we all use the same bulbs, light fixtures/reflectors and same height from the substrate... that rule doesn't work, at all. I have a 2 bulb total for 48 watts T5 fixture, which outputs like 3x as much light as a T8 that has 24 watts, but I have it hanging so it isn't get all that light... A single T5 fixture that fits in the hood that is 6500k will be fine for most plants (low light), but is great for beginners. Way less to worry about.

Ludwigia, rotala, wisteria, anacharis, dwarf sag, dwarf pygmy chain sword, crypts, anubias, hygrophila corymbosa will all be fine in the T8 lighting. Just make sure that if you do get ludwigia or rotala that it is under the light.


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What kind of light do you reccomend for a 10 gallon that I want high light for?
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Thank you all, going to pick up light and some plants now!
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Water Wistera is great. I just bought some.
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JKADLJFKLSJADSF no. There is no need. Unless we all use the same bulbs, light fixtures/reflectors and same height from the substrate... that rule doesn't work, at all. I have a 2 bulb total for 48 watts T5 fixture, which outputs like 3x as much light as a T8 that has 24 watts, but I have it hanging so it isn't get all that light... A single T5 fixture that fits in the hood that is 6500k will be fine for most plants (low light), but is great for beginners. Way less to worry about.

Ludwigia, rotala, wisteria, anacharis, dwarf sag, dwarf pygmy chain sword, crypts, anubias, hygrophila corymbosa will all be fine in the T8 lighting. Just make sure that if you do get ludwigia or rotala that it is under the light.
Thanks for clearing that up! I've always heard 2 watts/gallon was the general rule, but have a t-8 15watt on my 26 and the plants (and algea, ugh) in there are growing like weeds compared to 50 watts in my 10 gallon, so I was kind of confused as to how that worked.

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I think the watts per gallon would work with sunlight.
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I think the watts per gallon would work with sunlight.
Your joking right????
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I think the watts per gallon would work with sunlight.
If all you want is Algae in the tank, sure thing it would work.
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I use sunlight and I have no algae problem. But my plants grow fast. Even the Crypts. I have a small algae but barely.
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