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Old 10-30-2005, 09:56 PM   #1
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Switching out incandescent bulbs

I got a 10 gal tank with light hood from someone out of the classifieds. The hood has two 25W incandescent bulbs. They are thin bulbs and there isn't room for anything wide. Are there any CF bulbs that I could replace them with? This is for a mantis tank so I'm not too concerned about corals. Mostly worried about heat and nuissance algae but if I could keep some GSP or other easy corals, that would be a bonus.
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Old 10-30-2005, 10:21 PM   #2
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coralife mini CF bulbs screw into incandecent fixtures. they come in 10 and 20 watt, plenty of light.
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Old 10-30-2005, 10:36 PM   #3
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Those work great. You can also set a 6500K bulb at HD that is similar. I think they are in the $8 range. Little yellow in color though.
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Those look perfect! I'll see how cheap I can find them. If they're expensive I might go for the $8 6500K bulbs. Thanks again for the help.
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I really want to setup a mantis tank. I wonder if they can be housed with any sea stars?

My main concern about starting one up is controlling algae without the use of snails or hermits?

Another thought would be a small tux. urchin? The mantis probably eats these though. Can anyone confirm this?
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I just realised I jacked the thread. Sorry
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Old 10-31-2005, 09:09 AM   #7
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That's ok... I already got my question answered. I don't know about the sea stars. A smasher mantis will definitely eat snails and hermits. Tends to be their primary diet. The urchin might be ok. Depending on which species of mantis you get, it will have preferred prey. As long as that preferred prey is available, everything else is somewhat safe. But just as we would, if there's no other food, the mantis will eat whatever is available.
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Gatorfreak,

At our local Wal-Marts here in J'ville, they have the 6500K 10W PC's in the Fish Section for $4.89. I believe they are made by Lights of America...
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I'll check my local walmarts. Thanks! And I was just in Jacksonville on Saturday... watching my Gators put a hurtin on the Dawgs! My voice still hasn't returned to normal.
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<<Big Al's>> has the 20 watt coralife bulbs for $11 or the 10 watt for $9.

Petco has the 10 for $12.
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