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is this light bulb enough to grow plants?

hello i have a 10 gallon tank with a hood and i was wondering if the is would
be enough light to grow plants http://www.petco.com/product/111943/...escription-tab

if so what kind of plants? im new to this so i dont have any experience
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Yes plants will grow with that light. I would say java fern is a pretty good hardy starter plant.

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ok thanks guys, im going to go buy that as soon as i can
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Depends on the size of your tank. You want at least 2 watts per gallon (for lower light plants) the 6500k is good. Personally, I'm unsure of the quality of that particular bulb but there's your starting point. This would work for a tank of between 2-5 gallons. For 10 gallon you would need two of these. For higher light plants or better growth you need 4 watts per gallon.

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Depends on the size of your tank. You want at least 2 watts per gallon (for lower light plants) the 6500k is good. Personally, I'm unsure of the quality of that particular bulb but there's your starting point. This would work for a tank of between 2-5 gallons. For 10 gallon you would need two of these. For higher light plants or better growth you need 4 watts per gallon.
yes i'm planning on getting two of those bulbs for my hood
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or if you know of something that might work better than that i would love to know
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Are you sure those work in your current hood?

What's your budget? Is the 10 gallon standard rectangular size?

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Are you sure those work in your current hood?

What's your budget? Is the 10 gallon standard rectangular size?
i got a 20.25 in w x 10.5 in d x 12.5 in height

i currently have incandescent light bulbs on that hood but i read that you could use those fluorescent
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You totally can use those bulbs for your tank...I have seen it done to replace incandescent lighting.

Make sure that it'll fit your fixture though - the hood on my 5gal has a glass shield on it that protects the bulb from direct moisture, and it's pretty narrow. I had to get a mini daylight bulb with a medium sized base (which I got easily and cheaply from walmart). It works just fine. So just make sure your bulb size works with whatever hood you have.
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