10g Nano Lighting Help

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by wbaguesty, 25 Oct 2009.

  1. wbaguesty

    wbaguesty Member

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    Hi all,

    I have a 10g Nano tank, Dimesions are 19x10x12.

    Currently I only have space for one light and in there at the moment is a 15w cheapo Power Glo light which came with it.

    I presume I will need to upgrade as this is only 1.5 WPG? Whats the normal?

    Can anyone recommend a website where I can buy a suitable 18" light.

    Best Regards

    Guesty
     
  2. wbaguesty

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  3. Superman

    Superman Member

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    I have a 18w Dennerle light which is nice. I didn't like the arcpods as their light was purple.

    You might not need to upgrade your lighting, it all depends on the plants you want to grow and how much ferts/co2 you dose.
     
  4. wbaguesty

    wbaguesty Member

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    Hi, cheers for the reply.

    What sort of wattage would I need for my size tank, approx 10g.

    I was looking to use easycarbo, im all new to this so any advice would be welcome. Not sure on ferts, what woul be your recomendtion? I got some inspiration from your Journal.

    Regards
     
  5. Superman

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    Glad you like the journal.

    You'll need to dose the water column, something like Tropica Plant Nutrition Plus (TPN+) will work as that's an all-in-one.

    The only problem is that you need to be careful not to overdose Easy Carbo. Thats why I moved to pressurised co2 as my HC wouldn't grow well under EC alone. It just depends on what plants you're looking to grow in there.
     
  6. wbaguesty

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    Cheers for the advice, so the easycarbo would be as well as TPN+?

    Not sure really what I am going to grow, I have kept tropical fish for years and years but wanted to set up a shrimp planted tank. I have grown java fern, had moss balls in the past all fine. Just want to try something new.

    I may move to pressurised co2 at a later date but at the moment want to experiment and learn before I end up spending loads.

    What do you think of those lights then on the link from ebay? Would they be suitable wattage is what I mean.

    Regards
     
  7. Superman

    Superman Member

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    Easy Carbo is a liquid source of co2 for the plants, it doesn't contain any ferts.
    Note that overdosing on easy carbo is not suggested for shrimp (all inverts).
    You might be best doing a moss based tank, something like this viewtopic.php?f=35&t=6713.
    That way, you wouldn't have to dose that much of Easy Carbo and TPN+.
    The lights might be overkill on a moss only based tank.
     
  8. wbaguesty

    wbaguesty Member

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    Cheers for your help with this mate.

    Maybe a moss based tank would be a good idea.

    I presume there are other smal plants that would be tolerant and go with the moss. May have to have another look around with the lights, I think those in the above have a switch to turn ones on and off which may not be too bad.

    What dosing would you recommend on a moss based tank for instance with shrimp?

    I shall start off a journal in the next few days so can keep track of progress. Looking forwards to it.. Cant wait!!

    I have to sort out filtration, I have internal filters etc but want to look at external.

    Cheers
     
  9. Superman

    Superman Member

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    Have a look through TBRO's journal to see what is dosed on that tank

    External is better, I have a fluval 105 which would be great for you. I got mine off ebay rather than buying new. Or you could get an Eden 501 or similar depending on the flow rate you want.
     
  10. wbaguesty

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    Cheers. Will have. Look around and let you know how I get on.

    Ordering substrate tomorrow and light which will take a while to come.
     
  11. Themuleous

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    I'm currently running the buyo 3x8w light on my 6g and its perfect, no ferts or co2 and moss only.

    Sam
     
  12. wbaguesty

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    Thats good to know. Do you know roughly how high it sits above the tank, cheers.
     

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