Cheap Light For Betta Tank

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    ornithuraeValued MemberMember

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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 20g 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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    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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    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.



    Nicrew ClassicLED
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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.

    pTFjE2S.



    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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    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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    I'm using a glass lid for my 20g long with the Aquaneat light and no issues for about 3 weeks.
    2018-02-11 18.21.13.

    I have a glass top with a Nicrew light on my 10g and it's too bulky. I already had the light so I just used it on my 10g 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 20g 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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    Finnex FugeRay Planted+ Aquarium LED Light Plus Moonlights, Cliplight

    Have you thought about one of these?
     
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    Thanks this is very helpful
     
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    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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