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    Hi people.
    I was just wondering if you think 3x25W CFL are enough for a 10 gal classic? I think together they must do somewhere around 4500 Lumens, not considering the reflectors etc.
    Lemme know what you think.
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    That'll do just fine for a 10 gallon. What plants are you considering growing in the tank?

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    D. Adelae, capensis, binata, aliciae, capillaris, venusta, possibly spatulata.
    Thanks, glad to hear its enough... though I still think I should add one more...
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    Nah, that's perfect for those plants. If you want to add more it won't hurt them, but what you have will work great.

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    I would watch temps very closly. CF's with reflectors give off lots of heat, I have two 30W CF's on mine and on a normal day temps in the terrarium get into the mid 90's. And thats on a normal day, it took alot of trial and error to get temps under 100 on hot days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]I would watch temps very closly. CF's with reflectors give off lots of heat, I have two 30W CF's on mine and on a normal day temps in the terrarium get into the mid 90's. And thats on a normal day, it took alot of trial and error to get temps under 100 on hot days.
    I agree. Temperatures can be a hard thing to master. Only add more light if you can keep from cooking your plants

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    ummm I said they were CFL... I can put all 3 of them down my pants after 100 hours of non stop work and it would not be hot.
    Not to worry my friends
    Thanks for help
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    I have no problem with multiple high-wattage CFLs, so I don't think 3 small CFLs will be a big deal heat-wise. My tank(76 gal), is always ambient+2-3 degrees. That's with 170W of light, and a reflector.

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