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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-05-2012, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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which light bulb would be best?

on a budget, i was looking at walmart and home depot for a new 24 inch t12 bulb. ideally it seems i need to find a day light 6500 bulb but im having trouble finding it. they only are stocking 36 inch day bulb at my HD and walmart has no 6500 bulb. i realize i can go to petstore and pay double but im not sure its worth it.

so here are my choices.

plant/aqua bulb 2700k $12
natural light 5000k $11

forgot the name 4100k $7
kitchen bath 3000k $7
plant and aqua 3100 $8

if these arent satisfactory then there is still a chance i might find some other bulbs at smaller hardware stores later. just seems odd that plant aqua bulbs are so far off in the color dept.
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What kind of plants do you have ?

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-05-2012, 08:30 PM
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Any light that has a color temp range between 5000 - 6500K should be perfectly adequate for any aquatic plants.
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I have used this one on my planted tanks for about 4 months now, and they are doing good!

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-06-2012, 02:48 AM Thread Starter
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k thanks. weird how the plant aqua lights are near 3000k. i drove out to lowes and found they had a day light at 6500k. some times the stores here dont stock the right stuff so its good to know that the 5000k is better then the plant aqua lights.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 09:18 AM
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If you are running two bulbs then using 5000k and 10000k can be fine. However with one bulb you will want to have 6500k bulb.

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