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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-05-2019, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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Lighting suggestion.

Hi, I need an inexpensive full spectrum light hood for my new 10 gallon betta tank. There will be several plants and the led lights which came with my starter kit do not seem bright enough.
Suggestions? Thanks.
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What's your price range, what plants are you planning and the make and model of your tank kit?

You can probably get a lot of recommendations for Finnex which is good, but you'll have to swap to a canopy instead of the hood.
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My price range would have to be less than $100. The tank was just one kit from Petsmart called Top fin essentials Was thinking about making a tank top because I don't want my betta jumping out. I'm addicted to plants and have what friends call a jungle, complete with animals. I am totally new to aquarium plants. I have a java fern, echinodorus,vallisneria americana, ludwigia inclinata, limnophila aromatica,
ludwigia ovalis pink. some plants haven't arrived yet. When they do I will probably take out the echinodorus and the vallisneria because I think they will be too tall for the ten gallon. I am open to all suggestions. Thanks
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As Veloran has stated there are many of us here that would recommend Finnex lighting, But first We need to know what type of plants you are going to have in the tank. There are some plants that require only low light, and There are some plants that require Medium light and some that require high light. Do the research on your plants and their needs before you buy and find out they need more than you can give them.
With Finnex lighting a glass canopy is required and the same with other lighting sources unless you are placing the light in the tank.

From What I have read in your post is that you want to upgrade the lighting that your hood seems to lack. If you are going to keep the hood and still use it's lighting I would suggest a MarineLand Hidden lighting strip lights They install under the lip of the tank and the lighting is an all around light for in the tank. You would be able to grow low light to medium light plants and still use the light that came with the hood.
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thanks, so even without a full spectrum light, non-high light plants would grow? I just assumed they needed more of a full spectrum type. I will check into the brands listed above. Thank you for the information.
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So, it looks like I may not need the extra light. All plants so far are labeled moderate lighting. I haven't had fish since the old fluorescent tubes years ago, and those were modern at the time. Compared to the brilliant light those put out my LED's are dimmer. Not dark, just dimmer. I wouldn't want to sunburn my fish :)
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I think all the kit lighting has made a great step in the years since incandescent and florescent lighting. and at times the tank looks dim but the lighting now is great for low light plants.

I wanted more light in the tank too so what I did was go to glass canopy's and took the LED lights from the kit hoods out and placed them in the rear center of the canopy's In most cases I have taken lights out of kit hoods and have used 2 of the LED lights across the canopy. it does give more light but not enough to burn the plants or give my betta sunburn. LOL
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thanks, I think this will be an experiment. If the plants aren't thriving, then I may change the lights. A dumb question, but when fertilizing plants with special fertilizer, will that harm the fish?
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What do you call special fertilizer? If you mean like plant tabs for aquatic plants or Flourish, no these do not hurt the fish. With low light plants these two are highly recommended. There is no need for Flourish excel which is a carbon supplement and not a fertilizer. You may also want to look at the Flourish advanced. The lines of fertilizers I have mentioned are produced by SeaChem. The flourish supplements should only be used once a week. No more than 1/2 teaspoon per 5 gal.

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Yes, been looking at these. The flourish is what I had my eyes set on. Appreciate the information. I've seen some people say that you need tablets for certain plants, liquid for others, no nitrogen for some, not to mention the high tech aquariums.
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