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oddjob208
01/06/2008, 10:44 PM
trying to decide on how to light my planned 10g softie tank while not breaking the bank.

70W in PC?

100W in T5?

150W+ in MH?

any thoughts

thanks

rickh
01/07/2008, 08:42 AM
Take a look at the Current Nova 2 tube 18" lights. They are cheap, run cool, very compact and bright. Forget all the "no individual reflectors" comments about the Nova--your tank isn't very deep. I run three of these units on a cube and they are as bright as 160 watts of PC and no heat problems. R

xraydoc
01/07/2008, 08:59 AM
I agree, I would just buy a PC fixture. Very affordable and plenty of light for your apllication. I would steer clear of MH for your tank, that is an awful lot of heat for 10G of water and most softies dont like that much intensity.

GSMguy
01/07/2008, 09:17 AM
70w metal halide would be the best choice IMO

Nick

oddjob208
01/07/2008, 09:29 AM
i found this 20" 2x40W PC Satellite by current, would this work?

oddjob208
01/07/2008, 09:35 AM
the 70W mh might be possible but i cant seem to find any

gastone
01/07/2008, 10:01 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=11540964#post11540964 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by oddjob208
i found this 20" 2x40W PC Satellite by current, would this work?

I've used this exact fixture on a 10g before. Nice little light IMO and with separate chords for the two bulbs, a moonlight and cooling fans it is very flexible. Downside is replacing those expensive PC bulbs.

For softies and LPS it would be a good option.

Garrett.

corbett_n
01/07/2008, 11:06 AM
T5's rock the house

oddjob208
01/07/2008, 12:02 PM
yeah but do they make T5s that will fit over a 20in tank?

oddjob208
01/08/2008, 08:55 AM
bump

dzeadow
01/08/2008, 09:11 AM
I have the current nova 4x24T5HO fixture over my 10g. You can start w/ 2 bulbs for shrooms/softies, and use 4 if you go higher light stuff. it's a little big on the tank and sticks over the ege a little on both sides, but no big deal.

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n43/dzeadow/IMGP0268.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n43/dzeadow/IMGP0267.jpg

Crazyju
01/08/2008, 12:13 PM
Im running the 20" 150w sunpod on mine. With a 4 inch pc fan it stays right at 78 degrees.
http://reefcentral.com/gallery/data/500/17195110gfts-400.jpg