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Old 07-03-2015, 01:03 AM   #1 
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what lightbulbs should i get?

im starting up my old 10 gallon aquarium that has been sitting around unused for a while and ive discovered that one of the 2 bulbs is burned out.
I figure i'll just go ahead and replace both while im at it.
there are so many different types and styles of lighting available and I have no idea what ones I want.
id like to create a natural looking light without it being too yellow, if that makes any sense. the tank will have natural colored sand in it with green silk plants and maybe a couple live.
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Old 07-03-2015, 08:32 AM   #2 
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I suggest going to Wal-Mart and getting two mini Spiral CFL Daylight bulbs They'll be a little bright, if you want something slightly duller you can go to Lowes or Home Depot and their Daylight bulbs only go up to 5,000K instead of 6,500K like Wal-Mart's does. I assume you have the screw in types since you said you have two bulbs.

The bulbs at Wal-Mart come in a pack of 3 Mini Spirals and only for 2.88 or something like that. This is the packaging you're looking for:


And on the back most, not all unfortunately, have the Kelvin rating scale. 2000K is that yucky orange/yellow color (Warm) that living rooms have and stuff, so that's the one you don't want. Do not get "Soft White" or "Warm White" those are the low Kelvin Ratings. Here's a picture of the Daylight 6,500K bulb:
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Old 07-03-2015, 10:41 AM   #3 
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Oh ok, I had no idea I could use non-aquarium light bulbs
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Old 07-03-2015, 10:42 AM   #4 
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Haha, yep! It's great to know that, isn't it? There are soooo many things that are non-aquaria that you can use!! It certainly saves money!
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Old 07-03-2015, 11:17 AM   #5 
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+1 lil-I never use "grow lights" just 13 watt 6500k bulbs from home depot or grocery store-so much cheaper and work great for live plants ^^
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Old 07-03-2015, 12:52 PM   #6 
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I use theese, there great
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Old 07-03-2015, 07:55 PM   #7 
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aw man I wish I would have known this. XD I had to drive all the way to petsmart to get lights for my plants. At least I know for next time. =)
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