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Old 07-01-2013, 03:00 PM   #1
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Using alternative lights to the pet store brands

I posted a question in a thread already about what kind of light I should use in my tanks and it's kind of tall and the light that's in it right now is a T8 18 inch fluorescent tube light but the light doesn't reach down to the bottom very well and I want something that's really bright and really white in color similar to what the LED lights doing the fluval edge 6 gallon tank.

However the reason I posted a new thread is because in order for me to get what I want I think I might have to buy a new fixture and light which will be really expensive and I can't afford and I read a lot about people using lights that are not from the pet store and I was wondering if anyone's ever used anything from the hardware store or any type of shop light or alternative light that would be really bright and really white in color and reach down to the bottom of the tank and light everything up properly?

I put a pic here of my fluval edge that's the look I want for my big tank.
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Yeah I use a light from Home Depot that is supposed to be used for kitchen or bath. No problems from it.
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Is it a t8 tube light style?

Did you just put it in a hood light fixture?
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Yes it's t8 and it's directly in my hood. No problems
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Old 07-01-2013, 03:30 PM   #5
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Check to see what the color temperature the light is. For example, your light should read, fo32-830-t8 ( or a variation of that). In this case it might be Fo18-830-t8. 830 indicates the color of the lamp, the higher the color the whiter the light will be. 830, 835, 841... Etc. 18 represents the watts. I'm on the run sorry for the quick info. Hope it helps
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Old 07-01-2013, 03:46 PM   #6
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thanks conman!

I am not sure what the colour temp is i will see if it says on it. I dont think it is an aquarium specific light my bf just found it laying around and it looked whiter then the aquarium one that came with the tank when i got it. so we swapped them out.
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Old 07-01-2013, 03:48 PM   #7
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I had a realization as well, the light isnt really bright enough BUT the reason my water looks so yellowish isnt because the bulb is too yellowish its because of the driftwood in it !!

i had no idea that it would turn the water so yellowish, i googled alot to see why water would apear yellow and thats the number one reason.

I am going to let it soak in the tank for awhile and see if it will become less yellow looking after a few water changes (theres no fish in it yet just the wood and rocks)
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Carbon and water changes will help de-yellow the water. It's actually the tannins in the dirftwood leaching out. It doesn't generally harm the fish at all.
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Shot in the dark but i'm pretty confident from your description that it is a warm white lamp. There is coding on the lamp itself. It will read similar to what you find on a aquarium light and a home depot light. Look for 830, 835, 841 etc... The higher that number the cooler the lamp will be. True... The lights we buy at home depot are not made for fish so it will lack the necessary lumens. However, the T8 tube should read almost the same. I work with lights, led's etc... Good luck
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Carbon and water changes sure do help. Right on!
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