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Old 11-27-2011, 03:22 PM   #11
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FWIW, the 'cool daylight' bulbs from walmart work well for plants. I've been using them for a couple years now. They need replaced about every 10-12 months, but at $2-3 a pop (for the 18"), it's well worth it compared to the $20 'aquarium' bulbs.
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:52 PM   #12
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So what is a bad ballist ?

Can't give you the technical definition, however it's something in the light that changes the current from what you get out of the outlet to something that the light fixture can use...dumbs down the current to a usable level.

Not sure it's something that you can even replace, however if you take it to a good aquarium or hardware store, they will be the folks to take a peek at it to help ya out.

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Say what about the 2-3$ a pop bulb could you please tell me the exact bulb name so i can find it on walmart !!! Please please please )))))
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I think they're GE branded. They only have one or two brands. They're in a square cardboard tube and they're really cheap. There are two colors. One is labeled for kitchen and bath I think... that's the warm one. The other is labeled 'cool'. That's the one you want.
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The bulb would fit my 10 gallon top?
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:42 PM   #16
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Have no idea why but my tank light keeps going out its a 10g top flourecint or how ever you spell it but it just goes out i turn it off then back on and it works for a while then goes out is it the bulb or is it the actual top its self please help
Just buy a new one. It could be going out for multiple reasons,,one being maybe it has water damage
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If you get an 18" T8, yes, it will.
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Thank you for the information but whats the ideal lighting for a planted tank ?
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Ideal? Sufficient. That's totally dependent upon the plants you want to keep. I kept baby tears (HM) under the same bulb I'm suggesting you get and it grew like crazy.
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Old 11-27-2011, 09:44 PM   #20
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O.o really i have a thread on walmart plant bulbs o.o i have pictures of the plant and thats under a 5 gallon tank bought from walmart its not a florecint tho its almost a reg light bulb
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