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Old 01-09-2010, 12:34 AM   #1
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I have PC's over my tank and I can't seem to get that "bright" look. Is it a water clarity issue? or is it just the choice of bulbs? I got 2x 55W actinics and 2x 10000K daylight.

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Next time you get bulbs, get the 65w bulbs that match the ballasts. IMO, PC just naturally sucks. Were the bulbs bright when you first got them, or were they always slacking? If I remember correctly, you set your tank up in June? If so, you are due for a change in the next month or two.
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The fixture was used and came with 4 daylight bulbs. I kept two and bought 2 actinics (I don't think they are even that spectrum, they are like cheap Chinese knock off types. XD)

In my opinion, they have always been kinda dim but it may be because of old/inferior bulbs.
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Most likely the "daylight bulbs" then. I would just replace them with 65w 10k bulbs that you know the spectrum of . Any idea of how old they are?
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I'll check out bulbs online tomorrow. I'm guessing they are the original bulbs (the "daylight" ones) because I was the first one to open up the light. (there was still some packing tape on the bottom.) Inside there were a ton of dead bugs though O_o
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If they are the original bulbs, they should list what the kelvin rating is on the plastic on the end with the pins.
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