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Old 10-17-2008, 04:06 AM   #11
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I have a similar bulb over my fuge and I can keep mushrooms alive in it but that is about it. As ccCapt said you just aren't going to get the penetration you need in a 55 with those bulbs.

Look into T5HO Retro kits. I reccomend TEK.
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No, the bulb is white, but with a 6500K temp, it looks sort of more yellow to eye than say a 14000k metal halide.
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I see what your saying so... Would it be better to try having 6500k instead? I found an actual Daylight Flourescent Bulb 100watts with a 65000k....I thought maybe it will work I know you guys would prefer light with more penetration but like i said it just an experiment just want to see for myself want can occur with these flourescent bulbs... .... Not saying I would keep as my primary lighting....
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I think those would be kinda yellow and not the daylight whites you really want.
Just throwing this out there, but how about Halogen for penetration...?
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I thought maybe it will work I know you guys would prefer light with more penetration....
It's not what "we" prefer, it's what the corals need.
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Just throwing this out there, but how about Halogen for penetration...?
I don't think you can get halogen in the correct color, plus halogens are real hot.
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It's not what "we" prefer, it's what the corals need.

I don't think you can get halogen in the correct color, plus halogens are real hot.
Yeah I saw a few Halogen that were 200 watts and they were Super White. I don't know how white they really were.... I hate that they won't let you test the Halogen ones..... All well back to the drawing board....lol....
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they sell 42w cfl bulbs here..... i know nothing about sw but i dont know why you would spend $18 on those plug ins when you could diy for very cheap.
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Larry, I knew they were really hot, but I wasn't sure on the color. Thanks for the info!
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