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Old 04-20-2008, 03:06 PM   #11 
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Well, it sounds like an incandescent to me- if it is, I would recommend not using it. The tank will get very warm when it is on, and drop very suddenly when it turns off.

You can tell it's incandescent if it has one of those springy things inside. You know how your average lamp bulb has that curly bit of wire inside? That's how incandescents work, so the bulb on your tank will have one.
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Old 04-20-2008, 03:09 PM   #12 
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ok so should i get a fluerecent, i kno i spelt it wrong but am in a hurry, lol
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Yup! It'll end up being a LOT more energy efficient too. This is an especially valuable thing to figure out before the hot summer months hit- you wouldn't have wanted to cook your fish!
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Old 04-21-2008, 09:26 PM   #14 
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You should be able to get a screw-in fluorescent from places like Walmart. They carry a 10W that is made with 2 long straight tubes bent into a u shape. I found them in the pet area there for about $5 each. They will give you plenty of light for the plants without overheating the water.
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