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Old 12-07-2011, 07:15 PM   #1
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Need some light help

So I recently got a new ten gallon tank that came with the standard hood and of course the standard incandescent bulbs. I really don't like them and they produce so much heat that they're heating up the water and they often smell like they're burning (probably not a good thing...). I really want some fluorescent bulbs. The ones I've found at the pet store seem to be way too high of a watt for my little ten gallon. I found some nice ten watt fluorescents at walmart but they're now out of stock and they're even out of stock online.

I can't get a nice tube because I don't see how that would work because the only place for lighting is two little screw in places for bulbs.

So I was looking at home depot's website and found some lowish watt bulbs but I have no idea if they can fit into the screw in things in my hood. Anyone know? Here are links of some of the ones I was looking at.

14-Watt (60W) Daylight CFL Light Bulbs (4-Pack)-ES5M814450K at The Home Depot

13-Watt (60W) CFL Energy Saver Soft White Light Bulb (4-Pack) (E*)-417071 at The Home Depot

14-Watt (60W) Household CFL Light Bulbs (2-Pack) (E)*-ES5M814C250K at The Home Depot
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Old 12-07-2011, 08:52 PM   #2
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CFLs make a great upgrade to an incandescent hood. Look for daylight spectrum bulbs. They're a little more expensive, but they don't make your tank a nasty yellow like the cheap ones do.
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Right, that's what I'm looking for. But do you know if these home depot bulbs will fit into the incandescent slots in the hood? If so, I can just go out and get them there.
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They should fit. The whole idea of CFLs is they're a direct replacement for incandescents.
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All right, I'll give them a try. Worst comes worse I can just use them around the house lol. Thank you very much!
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Old 12-09-2011, 10:57 PM   #6
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Okay, I ended up going to a further walmart and getting two 10 watt fluorescent bulbs for my ten gallon. They look awesome.

So now that I have 2 WPG, is that still a 'low light' amount of light? Right now I've just got a java fern there and was wondering if that now my light was increased a bit that I'd be able to grow anything else. Do not wish to do any ferts or CO2.

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