5 Gallon Tank Light for pico tank

mrsP

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I'm planning to dip my toe to saltwater. I have 25 litre aquarium that I want to turn into pico saltwater tank, and one thing that baffles me is light. I'm thinking of getting liver rock, and perhaps some macro algae (that's not invasive, like Cladophora prolifera or similar) and shrimp or two. Usually light recommendations seem to be mainly blue, but should I get something like Kessil A80 or use my current, (really bright) white light? Sorry for possibly stupid question, I'm trying to avoid mistakes by learning as much as possible before actually setting up the tank.
 

AcornTheBetta

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mrsP said:
I'm planning to dip my toe to saltwater. I have 25 litre aquarium that I want to turn into pico saltwater tank, and one thing that baffles me is light. I'm thinking of getting liver rock, and perhaps some macro algae (that's not invasive, like Cladophora prolifera or similar) and shrimp or two. Usually light recommendations seem to be mainly blue, but should I get something like Kessil A80 or use my current, (really bright) white light? Sorry for possibly stupid question, I'm trying to avoid mistakes by learning as much as possible before actually setting up the tank.
I'm pretty sure this question gets answered on Fishproblem's thread, but I don't remember what she ended up buying. https://www.fishlore.com/aquariumfishforum/threads/2-5-gallon-pico-reef.476710/
 

Jesterrace

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mrsP said:
I'm planning to dip my toe to saltwater. I have 25 litre aquarium that I want to turn into pico saltwater tank, and one thing that baffles me is light. I'm thinking of getting liver rock, and perhaps some macro algae (that's not invasive, like Cladophora prolifera or similar) and shrimp or two. Usually light recommendations seem to be mainly blue, but should I get something like Kessil A80 or use my current, (really bright) white light? Sorry for possibly stupid question, I'm trying to avoid mistakes by learning as much as possible before actually setting up the tank.
If you aren't planning on any corals then your current light will be fine. If you are looking at corals you will want a light with more spectrum and a good cost effective option would be this guy:

https://www.amazon.com/ABI-Aquarium...9Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=
 
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mrsP

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Thank you, I'm planning live rock but not corals.
 

fish 321

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mrsP said:
Thank you, I'm planning live rock but not corals.
I said the same thing but here I am with corals and more to come.
 
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mrsP

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I suspect that might happen sooner or later. I think it would be a good idea to plan for
 

Jesterrace

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mrsP said:
I suspect that might happen sooner or later. I think it would be a good idea to plan for
I'd go the ABI PAR38 bulb route for a tank that small. Add a basic gooseneck fixture with a clip and a basic timer/smart plug and you are good to go. Combined would run about $50 and you could grow most type of corals there if you decide to do it (this is about as cheap of a setup as you can get for growing corals). I think you will like the look for the tank better as well. Never been a fan of all white light on a Marine Tank as it tends to show off flaws more.
 

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