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Lighting for a sub-one gallon pico?

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DPRoberts

So I'm thinking of starting a very tiny pico aquarium for my desk at work. I'd like to go roughly a gallon or less, as my desk doesn't have a lot of open space & I want something that is very unobtrusive. I'm planning on keeping sexy shrimp and easy corals (I have a rock that's currently covered with mushrooms that would be perfect in a tank that size. 

 

Again, trying to keep it as compact as possible - I'd love to have an AIO, but nobody makes one that small. If anyone has any suggestions I'd love to hear them. 

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This guy is extra salty

You can diy the backpanel/baffles of the AIO it’s fairly simple find a tank you like and get some glass cut

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lobster876
Clown79

A good light for a pico is the abi tuna blue par38. Corals pop under it and grow really well. 

12w is enough for that size

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DPRoberts

I have been thinking about the minicomplete - it's what got me thinking about a desktop tank at work. I just haven't heard any specific reports about how well the light works, or if there's anything out there that's comparable. I might even DIY an aquarium as the first poster said & buy the minicomplete light.

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coopaloop

I had the 12W abi tuna blue light which worked great on my half gallon jar with zoas, an acan, ric, and a hammer. Switched to an Asta 20 Marine light off Amazon that's been working well. Less light spill since it's right above the lid and I can turn down the blues for photos

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Derek Claxton
On 3/6/2019 at 11:43 AM, Clown79 said:

A good light for a pico is the abi tuna blue par38. Corals pop under it and grow really well. 

12w is enough for that size

I have the Tuna Blue 23w over a 10 gallon and it's almost too much. So, I second the 12w over anything less than a square foot of tank space.

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NuisanceAlgaeCultivator

Check out the thread on minicomplete tanks, they’ve got there own set of challenges.

If you can swing a little more space the fluval spec II and abi blue tuna mentioned would be a nice start, they’d also cost about the same as a minicomplete.

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Clown79
2 hours ago, Derek Claxton said:

I have the Tuna Blue 23w over a 10 gallon and it's almost too much. So, I second the 12w over anything less than a square foot of tank space.

Oh ya, the par38 are strong!

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