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Old 10-16-2012, 06:27 PM   #1 
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Lights heating tank?

My new Top Fin tank(just got it yesterday actually, Betta isn't in it) came with two incandescent light bulbs. The roof of the tank has a protector that separates the bulbs from the water. Unfortunately if left on the lights get hot, and I'm worried, and I think they're heating the tank.... What do I do?
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:30 PM   #2 
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I would say have a period of time with them off.. for like a few hours. You could also check your thermometer when they're on for a period of time, then check it again when you have them off for a period of time.
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Yup, it's definitely heating the tank.... the heater turns off and the temp rises several degrees! D:
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:48 PM   #4 
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get new flourescent lights...
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:21 AM   #5 
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I'd recommend replacing the incandescent bulbs with fluorescent ones, compact fluorescents don't emit much if any heat at all and are generally cheap to buy if gotten from a DIY store. Fluorescent and CFL bulbs are brighter and more energy efficient than incandescents so you can get a lower wattage fluorescent or CFL bulb than your incandescent and get a higher light output.

Many CFL bulbs have a rating on them that is either delivered as a number followed by k (for example 6500k) or is referred to as, say, daylight white.

Daylight white (6500k) bulbs are very bright and are also ideal for live plants.
Neutral white (5000K) bulbs are not quite as bright as daylight bulbs.
Warm white (2800k) have a gentle orange glow to them and are often used in table lamps and such, they have the same type of glow as an incandescent but are cheaper to buy and run.

Make sure the wattage of your new bulb doesn't exceed the maximum wattage for your aquarium hood. Also make sure you don't keep the lights on for more than 10 or 12 hours a day if you don't have live plants as this may encourage algae growth.
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