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Old 02-16-2014, 05:54 PM   #1
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Help please :)

I have a 40g freshwater tank with 1t8 actinic bulb I love the blue look it gives my tank but I'd like it to be much brighter. What can I do cheaply to increase the brightness for viewing.
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Old 02-16-2014, 06:06 PM   #2
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Get a different bulb??
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I don't see how that would help unless I upgrade my hood setup.
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You can get a daylight t8. They brighten everything up but then no blue look or yes just upgrade the light itself
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I still want to keep the blue look.
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I still want to keep the blue look.
Then you may wanna check out a dual t5 online. You can get them fairly cheap and have the blue bulb plus a 10k for brightness

Edit* here is a link to a cheap set. You will want the marine ones since they come with the blue actinic bulbs

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...m?pcatid=23753
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Everything I've just seen looking was atleast 150$ more then I was wanting to spend. I was wanting to spend under 75$
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Your link is only 100... More then I wanted to spend but something I could live with cost wise, my worry about that is no hood = extra water noise as my tanks in my bedroom.
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Your link is only 100... More then I wanted to spend but something I could live with cost wise, my worry about that is no hood = extra water noise as my tanks in my bedroom.
No hood is better, it helps with better gas Exchange in your tank which make happier fish! And helps prevent a ph crash
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