Cheap Light For Betta Tank

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I have a divided ten gallon tank with two Bettas and a couple cabomba plants in it. I want a relatively cheap light. Maybe two clip on lights for each divided section. It doesn't have to be strong enough to support a lot of plants (though maybe some low light plants), just bright enough to actually be able to see the fish. I use light liquid fertz.
What's the best light for my set up?
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I have an Aquaneat for a 20 gallon long shrimp tank that I've been happy with, especially for the price (under $20). I think it would much better as a 20" light than the 30" I have.
 
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DarkOne said:
I have an Aquaneat for a 20 gallon long shrimp tank that I've been happy with, especially for the price (under $20). I think it would much better as a 20" light than the 30" I have.
Thanks for your input. I use a glass lid, would this still work? Or is it only suitable for a topless setup.
 

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For smaller tanks I like using goose neck lamps. If the tank doesn't have a see through lid then simply buying a glass top fixes that problem. If you get the right kind you can change the bulbs to ones that will be good for plants. I've got a lamp with a LED "daylight" bulb that works great for my planted 3.4gal tank. I bet it would do just fine for a planted 10gal too, it is very bright.
 
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Demeter said:
For smaller tanks I like using goose neck lamps. If the tank doesn't have a see through lid then simply buying a glass top fixes that problem. If you get the right kind you can change the bulbs to ones that will be good for plants. I've got a lamp with a LED "daylight" bulb that works great for my planted 3.4gal tank. I bet it would do just fine for a planted 10gal too, it is very bright.
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ornithurae said:
I have a divided ten gallon tank with two Bettas and a couple cabomba plants in it. I want a relatively cheap light. Maybe two clip on lights for each divided section. It doesn't have to be strong enough to support a lot of plants (though maybe some low light plants), just bright enough to actually be able to see the fish. I use light liquid fertz.
What's the best light for my set up?
Thanks
No plants: The Nicrew ClassicLED is nice for $32 but it has no timer, so you have to add your own or turn it on and off manually each day.



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With plants: I really love my Finnex Planted Plus 24/7 CC. It's three times the price of the Nicrew, $90 but it's good for growing plants, it has a built in timer, and a **** 24/7 feature that allows you to set custom lighting for every 3 hour window of the day. Here's my custom schedule which gives me a sunrise, midday, sunset, and moonlight mode, then it goes completely dark for 6 hours.

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Finnex Planted Plus 24/7 CC
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Custom "Moonlight" mode, 0% White, 0% Red, 10% Green 10%, 10% Blue
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tropez said:
No plants: The Nicrew ClassicLED is nice for $32 but it has no timer, so you have to add your own or turn it on and off manually each day.



With plants: I really love my Finnex Planted Plus 24/7 CC. It's three times the price of the Nicrew, $90 but it's good for growing plants, it has a built in timer, and a 24/7 feature that allows you to set custom lighting for every 3 hour window of the day. Here's my custom schedule which gives me a sunrise, midday, sunset, and moonlight mode, then it goes completely dark for 6 hours.

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I actually have the finnex light on my planted twenty gallon. I don't have the cc model but I agree its an amazing light. I might just purchase this brand again since I know I like it, but I'm a bit torn since I'm not looking for something quite as strong and it is pretty expensive.
 

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ornithurae said:
Thanks for your input. I use a glass lid, would this still work? Or is it only suitable for a topless setup.
I'm using a glass lid for my 20 gallon long with the Aquaneat light and no issues for about 3 weeks.
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I have a glass top with a Nicrew light on my 10 gallon and it's too bulky. I already had the light so I just used it on my 10 gallon QT but if I had a choice, I would've got another Aquaneat for it. Cheaper, thinner and just as bright (if not brighter).
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I also have a Nicrew (28") on another 20 gallon long and it's also bulky.

Aquaneat is a cheap light and I don't know how long it will last but it's thin and very bright so great for a smaller tank.
 
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DarkOne said:
I'm using a glass lid for my 20 gallon long with the Aquaneat light and no issues for about 3 weeks.
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I have a glass top with a Nicrew light on my 10 gallon and it's too bulky. I already had the light so I just used it on my 10 gallon QT but if I had a choice, I would've got another Aquaneat for it. Cheaper, thinner and just as bright (if not brighter).
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I also have a Nicrew (28") on another 20 gallon long and it's also bulky.

Aquaneat is a cheap light and I don't know how long it will last but it's thin and very bright so great for a smaller tank.
Thanks this is very helpful
 

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ornithurae said:
I actually have the finnex light on my planted twenty gallon. I don't have the cc model but I agree its an amazing light. I might just purchase this brand again since I know I like it, but I'm a bit torn since I'm not looking for something quite as strong and it is pretty expensive.
Yeah, the CC is sweet. I like being able to have full control over the intensity of lighting in 3 hour chunks of time. The RF sensor is just meh and the control is a bit funky to figure out but overall it's a pretty nice product.
 

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