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Old 12-19-2010, 06:17 PM   #1 
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Light bulbs

I'm not sure if I should change the light bulbs in my tank. I do have a planted tank in it's beginning stages. Right now these are the bulbs I have:

One bulb is fluorescent (Self-Ballasted Lamp 120V 60Hz 10W)
Looks like this: http://www.featurepics.com/FI/Thumb3...lb-1018075.jpg

The other bulb doesn't have any description on it, but I assume it's incandescent and 10w since it's the same size. http://source-www.petco.com/assets/p...583492857B.jpg
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Does the lamp have any warnings for the watts of a bulb? I have a lamp not for the tanks but I cant put anything over 40w in it. May cause fire hazard.
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Old 12-19-2010, 06:37 PM   #3 
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Does the lamp have any warnings for the watts of a bulb? I have a lamp not for the tanks but I cant put anything over 40w in it. May cause fire hazard.
Ya the hood says use only two 15 watt bulbs. If I need stronger bulbs I can always try to get a different lamp.

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Well, 15 watt is your limit on the bulbs. And fluorescent lights are brighter then incandescents. Like a 15w fluorescent burns just as bright as a 65w incandescent(well the lights I'm looking at are). But for this bulb it would depend on how the lights go in the lamp, as this would work better going right in and not sideways. http://www.hardwareandtools.com/Eart...b-u784266.html

This would be better for a sideways style. If you had a way, you could put a mirror with the lamp to reflect light so none is wasted, but this would be like a DIY type of thing lol.
http://www.nextag.com/15-Watt-CFL-Li...00/prices-html

Got this from a google search.
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It's recommended that when you start out, stick to less than 2.5 fluorescent watts per gallon unless you put a carbon dioxide system in place.

"Cool White" or "Daylight" fluorescent bulbs are cheap, efficient, and effective enough for most purposes.
Also the "color" will depend on the kelvin temperature.


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Old 12-19-2010, 07:13 PM   #5 
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But for this bulb it would depend on how the lights go in the lamp, as this would work better going right in and not sideways. http://www.hardwareandtools.com/Eart...b-u784266.html
That link didn't work for me. Also this is basically what my lamp looks like, except it goes down on the glass (obviously) lol
http://www.americanaquariumproducts....cflfixture.jpg

I'd have to mess around with some small mirrors and see what I can figure out. I'll probably be too paranoid about starting a fire to leave it.

So I think what I'm going to do is remove the incandescent light and replace it with another 10w fluorescent or maybe I'll get two 15w. Thanks for helping.

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Well if you can get either 2 10's or 2 15's near or close to the "cool white" youll be set.
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Well if you can get either 2 10's or 2 15's near or close to the "cool white" youll be set.
Okay so I went to petsmart and checked their lights, they didn't have any cool white, and according to the petco site neither do they. They basically only sold incandescent in different watts. I had to ask about the fluorescent bulbs which they had in the back, but they were $15.00 per light bulb -_- for one 15W. So I picked up two Incandescent Clear 15W/ 120V bulbs instead at walmart. The tank water looks yellow with these lights, and my anubias looks like it might be getting a little crunchy after only three hours....Soo, I'm not sure what to do here since I don't really have any options in any of the stores near me.

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Old 01-04-2011, 05:10 AM   #8 
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I'm using two 10 watt compact fluorescent spiral bulbs from walmart. They're the slim style so they don't touch the plastic guards in my hood. And they're 6500K daylight bulbs. I think they look great in my 10 gallon.
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I'm using two 10 watt compact fluorescent spiral bulbs from walmart. They're the slim style so they don't touch the plastic guards in my hood. And they're 6500K daylight bulbs. I think they look great in my 10 gallon.
Hey thanks for the help. I went to walmart and saw the bulbs you are talking about. On the package it says it's up to 2700K per bulb though. I was looking around and I found Daylight Bulbs that are 10W and it says they're Cool natural light 6500K, so I just bought those. I put them in and they fit and look natural so I'm happy with them. Thanks again.
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guys what about these 50/50 fluorescent?
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2753932

and this...
http://www.petstore.com/ps_ViewItem....source=3726866

i dont get this pink fluorescent right here..

edit: planning on buying them
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