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I am trying to put together ideas etc for starting a 10 gallon planted tank. I want to be able to grow mid to high light plants. And I want to have a nice carpet, probably Glossostigma. I will be using fluorite. And PPS-Pro dosing with dry ferts.

I want to get as close to "high light" as I can get with the 10 gallon. I made a fixture for my 70 gallon to go with the 48in T-10 40 watt fixture that came with it. It has 2x 32 watt T-8 bulbs, and together they light the 70 pretty well. So I guess I'll build a light for the 10 gallon too.

So, would 4x 15 watt T-8 bulbs on a 10 gallon be "high light"? or would I need to try for a higher "light intensity"? And if so, what would be the best route to get more intensity, without spending much?

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I just bought a Incandescent strip light hood for my 10 gallon yesterday, to be delivered tomorrow. Comes with 2 - 25 watts fixture. CFL 23 watts = 100 watts equivalent, which is the max they will be able to take.

I have seen "Bright Effects" 20 watt ( 75 watts equiv ) 6500K CFL at our local Lowes, which is what I am planning to use. Should be enough to grow some decent plants.

I am growing a few high light "red" plants with that 15 watts fluorescent tube that came with the aquarium. They seem to be doing fine, except they are mostly green :)
 
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