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Old 02-26-2012, 06:36 PM   #1 
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light for tank question

I have a tank like this one except 5 gal. what kind of light would i need if i wanted to put live plants in in? it says it only can take a 15 watt? sorry really new to all this.
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Old 02-27-2012, 11:45 AM   #2 
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Go for the smallest wattage "Daylight" bulb that you can find. if it is a screw in bulb, go for the 10W spiral bulb.

The color temperature you want is 6500K (6500 Kelvin) which is ideal, but anything between 5000-7000K will work.

I have two 10W GE 6500K Daylight bulbs in my 10 gallon, they work great even though the hood came with the longer tubular style bulbs.

[ame=""] GE 85393 10-Watt DayLight CFL Spiral Light Bulb, 2-Pack: Home Improvement[/ame]

If your tank dosen't use screw in bulbs, you'll have to look around for an equivalent that will work in your fixture. Key though is the color temperature that I mentioned above.
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