Lighting Options for Non-Transluscent Hood? [10 Gallon tank]

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  2. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    I have that same light for my QT tank. It's terrible for plants.

    Can you return the hood and get a glass lid? That'll open up your lighting options.

    If not, I'd get a dome fixture (like the reptile dome lights) and put a plant-friendly bulb (5000 - 10000 K) in there and place that over the clear plastic of the hood.
     
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    Could I replace it? Possibly - the reason I got it, however, was because the Marineland Hood had an area to cut out for a filter. Glass lid wouldn't work. Are there better options that have a 6"x3-4" opening for a filter?
     
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  6. Grimund

    Grimund Well Known Member Member

    Oh my, that's quite a lot of light for a 10 gallon. I'd suggest the 20" glass top with something like the Finnex Stingray or similar (I love LED). Something in the 30-40 PAR range
     
  7. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    I agree. Unless you're injecting CO2 and dosing ferts properly, you'll have an algae problem with that light.
     
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    Thanks. Going with a smaller Finnex LED system. I'll update if it fails miserably, to warn others.