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Old 05-05-2014, 09:25 AM   #1
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Lights heating up aquarium?

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So i have a couple of smaller tanks, nothing fancy but the fishes are happy and everything is going great.
Im setting up a 128L (~35 gal) tank and yesterday everythig seemed fine and all measurements were stable and temperature was 25.5-26 degrees celcius (around 78 fahrenheit) but today a couple of hous after lights turned on i was 29 celcius (84.2 fahrenheit).
Heater was off, but to make sure i unplugged it. Now 6 hours later its the same thing.
I have 3 x 24 watts light in there, could they really be heating the aquarium up so much?
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Old 05-05-2014, 09:39 AM   #2
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Yes they could especially if they are incandescent bulbs.
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Yes they could especially if they are incandescent bulbs.
definitely going to heat that tank up if they're standard bulbs, you should look into compact fluorescents..
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I got them with the aquarium from previous owner as a set. I dont know so much about the different lighting types, hence me asking for help.
I tried to look them up, and as far as i can tell its 2x24 Watt T5 Midday 6000k tube + 1x24 Watt aquared (which i havent been able to find, but found an "aquapink" from seller) most likely T5 tube as well. The last one actually gives off good balance in colors combined with the other, so i will be a little sad to se that one go - but somehow i got to bring to temperature down to at the very least 27 celcius (80,6 fahrenheit).

Flourescents lights would be what? And would LED-lights in tubing be a possibility?
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Think its a powerchrome tube, that mean anything to you guys?
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A T5 lighting set up is a more powerful (think brighter) type of fluorescent. They do tend to run hotter than normal tubes I think. I've never owned a t5 set up but it is a step up over standard fluorescent lighting and much better for plants. You have a good set up for a planted tank.
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That's some serious power! Do you have any interest in plants?
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Compact fluorescent lights will heat the tank far more than incandescent bulbs will. T5 lighting produces very little heat.
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Compact fluorescent lights will heat the tank far more than incandescent bulbs will. T5 lighting produces very little heat.
based on a tank I've had that came with a tubular incandescent, it jacked the temp up quite a bit, I swapped it out for a cfl, no more heating up during lights on, cfl's do throw some heat depending on wattage, a 13 watt cfl will run much cooler than any tubular aquarium incandescent will..
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Cool, I didn't know that about t5's. I've only used standard t8s or LEDs.
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