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Old 04-21-2012, 10:14 PM   #1
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Additional lighting

Is it ok to place this office lamp over tank to add a little extra light? I know my light that came with tank is led, but I thought additional light during normal daytime hours might result in more/faster growth of coral in tank. Let me know what you think.

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Old 04-21-2012, 10:37 PM   #2
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Pretty little tank you got there.

if you really wanted to get the corals growing you could add a PAr30 or Par38 bulb into that desk lamp and use that.

here are the bulbs I mean, they put out a super amount of light and grow corals really well and they fit in a standard socket.

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Might be a bit pricey but I used one on my 4g pico and had all sorts of corals growing under them.
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If you don't use the right bulb you will just get outrageous algae growth.
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Thanks for the info! Can you get those bulbs at hardware store ? Just online ?
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Old 04-21-2012, 11:11 PM   #5
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Carey,

Do you keep that light on 24hrs in pico ? Or on timer?
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Old 04-21-2012, 11:15 PM   #6
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The bulbs you would get in a hardware store won't cut it, wrong spectrum of light entirely.

I had my lights on for about 8 hours a day over my pico, didn't bother at the time with a timer. lol I had great growth from my acan and duncans with that par38 bulb and mine wasn't even dimmable.

if you're serious about a small tank with corals and have the cash you can't go wrong with the par38's.
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Thanks again I just thought I would ask to see if I could get a cheaper led bulb. Since I only paid 90 dollars for tank. Lol. I figured I could get an led bulb for around 20 or 30 dollars and get the same result. Guess not. Shows what I know about lighting.
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Happy to say I found the same bulb for 70 bucks on " boostled.com".
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Nice! Mine was $90 from a retailer that went out of business so I couldnt link that one. lol

But yeah, once you know what you want it's a bit easier to find it cheaper.

Show us some pictures when you get it!
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Would two bulbs be enough for a 30 cube?
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