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Old 01-04-2006, 12:50 AM   #11
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Interesting. I find the plants look best with 5000K, and 6500K is bluish.
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Old 01-04-2006, 12:55 AM   #12
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dang well since my lfs only carries these
http://www.hagen.com/usa/aquatic/sub...&PSUBCAT=11204
what ones would u choose if u were in my situation?
the 2800 was darkish and i think ima trade it in for a life glo thjat is 6800 and see if that is better
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Old 01-04-2006, 09:54 AM   #13
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Lifeglo and Lifeglo2 are both good. (2 is more expensive because of the integrated reflector.)

2800's are too strong in the reds. 6500k can be purchased at home depot (philips daylight deluxe) for less then 2$ if they have your size in a T8.. If you can get 2 in there, a daylight deluxe at the back and a powerglow at the front would work wonders (look into the price of a 2 light strip at the LFS or petsmart (35-38$), Allglass also come with Aquaglo equiv. bulbs which are decent for plant growth. (same purplish hue of a powerglo)
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so if i go to home depot just look for a floursescent light 18 inches any wattage(more than 15 i hope) and around 6500 watts hmm thats easier and i have the hood that came with the kit so it only has 1 slot
also why t8?
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T8 because that's the style of bulb yours takes, the ballast won't drive any other style of bulb except possibly T6, but those are a bit more money (a bit more light output aswell) and are only available from a couple of stores.

I wouldn't pick up any bulb, try to find one that is 6500K (Philips Daylight), if you can't, they have a 5000K model. Don't bother with the "aquarium bulb", the temp is 2800K and too strong in the reds.

T8's get about 25% more light output/watt then a T12.. There is a lot to lighting, this is just the coles notes version.
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alright thanks ill go to the hardware store soon and check out some lights
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Any idea what the "K" rating of the 18" 15-watt All-Glass bulb that comes with their hood would be? Thanks.....
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I believe they are 12000 or 16000. They are full spectrum bulbs and are good for growing plants.
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I have a 6400k 65W on my 26G, and looks absolutesly great. My java moss is the nicest green ever, and the tank in itself looks more like sunlight, with a little to the yellowish side. But looks great.
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When I initially purchased my tank, it came with the All-Glass bulbs. For whatever reason, I didn't like those so I bought some of the GE Plant & Aqaurium bulbs. I've been using those since July, and some of my plants are just now starting to yellow a bit. I take this as a sign that the bulbs are going bad. If I put the All-Glass bulbs back in now, will the increase in color temp affect anything negatively? I know my tank will have much more of a blue-ish tint to it. From what I hear, this increase in color temp could actually show off my fish and plants a little better? Thanks in advance for your response!
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