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Old 07-03-2013, 11:57 AM   #1 
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Lighting Questions

I was wondering, how do you tell what bulb is high lighting and what is low lighting? Is it just based off of the kelvin rating, or does wattage play a part too?

What is the best high light fluorescent hood/strip under $60 for a 10 gallon tank?

Can you put any bulb in any hood?

Still pretty new with plants, so thank you for your help!
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:24 PM   #2 
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wattage tells you the intensity of the light. A rule of thumb I was taught was 5 watts per gallon. BUT the rule doesn't always apply 100% of the time, just for easy to medium care plants.

I have a 2.5 gallon and it has 10 hrs of 60watt which is extremely intense lighting for something so small but I also fertilize daily and have weedy plants that grow super fast.

If you really want to save money, just buy a clip on lamp like this one for $10 at Target, it work just as good, just either use a glass or mesh lid and pick a light bulb wattage of your choice.

If your starting out, maybe try getting some easy low light plants like cabomba and a 10w spiral bulb. I have cabomba, before I switched to the 60watts, it still grew nicely, now I am pruning every week and throwing pieces out because it grows too fast. lol
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