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Old 05-02-2013, 03:01 PM   #1 
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What kind of lightbulbs am I looking for?

I started my tank with white gravel, going for a bright clean look, but the light bulbs that came with my tank give off a very yellow light and it makes it look really dingy.

I want just a plain white light.

What am I looking for? I also plan to put some plants in there, so this would be a good chance to get something good for that.
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:11 PM   #2 
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What kind of light hood do you have? I have Top Fin 10g tank kits, here's a pic of the stock lights & new lights & here is a link to the bulbs I now use
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...AvailInUS%2FNo:

The pic really doesn't do it justice.
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:17 PM   #3 
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It's just a stock hood that came with my Walmart Aqua-tech kit.

I like how your tank looks with the new bulbs, but they're a little pricey and I don't really need the "soft blue light".

I found these
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...AvailInCA%2FNo

Would they work?
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No, they would not work.

You want to stay away from anything incandescent when lighting plants.

Personally, I suggest this bulb. http://www.petco.com/product/111943/...cent-Bulb.aspx

It is 10 watts and the light spectrum, which is 6500k, is just right for plant growth.

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They also give off a nice white light that you're looking for.

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Old 05-02-2013, 04:25 PM   #5 
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I'm heading the PetSmart soon.

If I can't find those exact bulbs. I need to avoid incandescent and look for full spectrum/fluorescent. Right?
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I'm heading the PetSmart soon.

If I can't find those exact bulbs. I need to avoid incandescent and look for full spectrum/fluorescent. Right?
By all costs avoid incandescent, try to get something that says "daylight" or something on it.
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:37 PM   #7 
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K, I'm going to write these down

I'm glad I asked because I thought that the Wattage was the only thing that mattered and anything else was just for looks.
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You can also get pretty much the exact same effect with lights from stores like Walmart, Target, or any other home improvement store for way less money than at a pet store... All you need to do is look for the rating in Kelven and make sure it's around 6500K.

I personally use these and they work great - 13 Watt Micro Mini T2 6500K CFL 3 Pack at Menards
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You can also get pretty much the exact same effect with lights from stores like Walmart, Target, or any other home improvement store for way less money than at a pet store... All you need to do is look for the rating in Kelven and make sure it's around 6500K.

I personally use these and they work great - 13 Watt Micro Mini T2 6500K CFL 3 Pack at Menards
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Does anyone have a second opinion on this?

The store was sold out, but the prices were all really expensive.

I purchased another tank while I was there so now I need four bulbs and I reaaaaally don't feel like spending $40-$60 on light bulbs :(
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Does anyone have a second opinion on this?

The store was sold out, but the prices were all really expensive.

I purchased another tank while I was there so now I need four bulbs and I reaaaaally don't feel like spending $40-$60 on light bulbs :(
If it's under the max recommended watts rated for your hood, and can fit in the socket, I'd say you're good to go with those bulbs!
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