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Old 04-07-2010, 12:23 AM   #11
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it doesn't even have to be high wattage. no, you certainly don't need metal halide to grow algae.
i think i got that 6500k bulb at walmart. it's what color temp hydroponics websites recommend, however, i have seen many people light their refugiums with alll sorts of lights, like the LED guy above.
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If it's a LED grow light, would the bulbs ever "ware out" like MH or PC bulbs in the tank? If so, it would be easier and cheaper to just get a plain old single strip grow light. You would just have to replace the bulb instead of have to get a whole new fixture.
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Well.. i'm pretty sure that all bulbs wear out eventually, correct me anyone if i'm wrong, but i'm pretty sure LED lights last MUCH longer than any other bulb. Upwards of around 50,000 hours.
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the bulb in the picture i posted was like 4 or 5 bucks if i remember correctly, and it's still lit, 3 years later. i don't think you have to worry all that much about changing the refugium lamp. i just googled the bulb i am using and it says 10, 000 hours.
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