Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: The Boonies, Arizona
I got the Tetra 10 gallon kit from Petsmart for about $30. It comes with the Whisper 10i filter, which does take up some space because it's internal, but it's pretty small. I was able to baffle the output with a sponge rubberbanded around the lip of the output so that there was hardly any current at all. If you want more surface agitation, just push the sponge down to allow more water to flow out.
The hood came with screw in incandescent lights. You don't have to worry about whether the hood lights will be good for plants. Just go to Lowes (or similar hardware store) and get some Sylvania mini compact flourescents, 13 watt 6500k. They come two in a pack, maybe $7? They fit perfectly in the hood. Voila, instant medium-low/medium light for the planted tank.
Last edited by Nicci Lu; 02-20-2013 at 11:27 AM.