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Old 09-26-2013, 04:41 PM   #11 
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How many hours per day do you or should you keep your light on?
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Old 09-26-2013, 05:12 PM   #12 
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Just in the evening....I turn it off when I go to bed.
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Old 09-26-2013, 05:33 PM   #13 
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I keep my 5000k on for 10-12 hours a day.
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:26 AM   #14 
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Where on earth do you buy these bulbs? My 10 gallon tank kit came from wal mart and so it needs regular screw in elongated bulbs. Wondering if this hood will work and can find the bulbs to fit it, just where?
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Old 09-27-2013, 06:23 AM   #15 
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Where on earth do you buy these bulbs? My 10 gallon tank kit came from wal mart and so it needs regular screw in elongated bulbs. Wondering if this hood will work and can find the bulbs to fit it, just where?
There are two types of bulbs that can fit in the screw in's (at least for aquarium use), one is the incandescent that your tank comes with and the other one is CFL's or Compact Fluorescent Lights. So they're regular Fluorescent lights but...compacted with screw in ends. You can find them at Home Depot, I tried Wal-Mart but they didn't have anything over 2,500K >.<

And generally the minimum is 6 hours a day for plants I believe and then you can go right up to 12 if you want. I had mine on 12 but had some algae issues so I went down to 10 and that's been good for my plants growing and keeping algae the a minimum.
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Old 09-27-2013, 05:53 PM   #16 
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Where on earth do you buy these bulbs?

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Old 09-28-2013, 10:55 AM   #17 
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Coolish I am awful at remembering to turn off my lights but everything is growing so well I have algae. Most people suggest 10-11 hours but it won't hurt to over leave it on. You'll just be scrubbing algae.

Lulu you should be able to get them at any hardware store. Menard lowes home depot maybe even your walmart or target. You can look online as well. You want to try to find the highest kelvin possible. At least 5,000. It will be on the back of the package (usually) as a little scale. We also sell high kelvin reef light bulbs at petco but theyre a lot more expensive and honestly about the same. I think they might have more blue. Not completely worth it as ive been testing the two different lights in my 10 gallon. The plants grow a sligbt bit faster on the blue side but not enough to warrant a higher price. At least not yet that I can tell.

****make sure you don't go over your wattage rating for your lamps/hood.

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