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drawnon
12-15-2007, 04:28 AM
I currently have an unplanted 10 gallon betta tank that I would like to put some plants in. maybe 4 or 5 plants.
I have an economy hood on it,
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3578+3733+3792&pcatid=3792
with 2, 10 or 15 watt Incandescent light bulbs. I cant remember.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Product/Prod_Display.cfm?pcatid=3828
Iím doing my home work and I have some questions.
Iím reading that Incandescent light bulbs just transfer energy into heat, and not growing power.
Am I correct so far?
So can I use these mini compact fluorescent bulbs in my cheap hood?
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3578+3733+9870&pcatid=9870
If I use 2 of them, at 10 watts a piece, I will have 2 watts per gallon in my 10 gallon tank.
Will that be too bright for King Leonidas (my betta)? I have small size black gravel in the tank. If it is too bright, would 4 or 5 plants be enough cover / shade for him? Should I use one mini fluorescent, and one incandescent bulb?
Is that good enough for healthy, low to medium light plants?
Will I have to mess around with co2 for 4 or 5 plants in a 10 gallon tank?
Or will regular plant food be ok?
Thanks in advance for any info,
James

kkevvy
12-15-2007, 04:59 AM
I think if you got 2 of the 50/50 10,000K bulbs you'd me MORE than set for plant growth.

And usually the extra light doesn't bother fish.

Co2 you wouldn't need but it would aid growth, but might not be beneficial to your betta.

Try getting some hornwort if you're worried about shade... It'll block out your aquarium in a few days!