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No need to apologize. If more people researched thoroughly, there would be far less algae in the world. :)

Actinics are generally not advisable. The plants can't use the light, and I've heard anecdotal evidence that algae can. Never seen anything definitive though, and I prefer not to use them as they just look "weird".

As for light fixtures - I don't know the dimensions of the picotope (nice tank BTW!), but check out Catalina Aquariums for lots of options for small tanks. I think the general consensus on Catalina is very good. If you don't see exactly what you want, call them up, they can customize most of their lights.

Also, I've heard that Aqua Forest Aquariums in San Francisco has some nice fixtures for small tanks. They are not listed on their website, but try calling them up and asking. I've spoke with several guys there, all were very friendly and helpful.

Finally... There is the ever-present Home Depot 27 watt compact fluorescent desk lamp. Definitely the cheapest option for the light you get, I've used them before and they work well. Downside is you are limited in bulbs available, and they look kind of cheesy.

Good luck!
 

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If you are interested in ADA, but want to start small (and cheap), check out this thread. Its about how to remove the black plastic rims on a cheap standard tank. I've done it with a 5.5 gallon and loved the results, looks close to an ADA tank.
If money isn't an object, ADA has small tanks too.

As for the lights, I think its a matter of personal preference. Do remember you will lose 1/2 your usable light if you keep the actinic/daylight bulb. If you decide to replace it, check out Helios, they have some nice bulbs that will fit your fixture. Several people here have used the Helios grow plus (pink &white) bulb and liked the results and color-rendering.
 

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The standard 10 gal. in 20" long, so you might be better off with something like this. The light you posted would have enough light output, but not a wide enough dispersal. (one side of the tank well-lit, the other side dark) With 36 watts over a 10 gallon, assuming CO2 and regular ferts, you would be able to grow whatever you wanted.

As for the bulbs, I would just call Catalina when you order, and tell the salesperson what you want (daylight bulbs). They are not a big company, and are very helpful.
 
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