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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-21-2004, 02:31 AM Thread Starter
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Hi Guys,

I am thinking about putting 4X24"T12 flourescent bulbs over my 30 Gal tank mounted on a DIY canopy.. do you guys have any suggestions for the bulbs?

what brands and color temps should I select for the best results?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-21-2004, 04:16 AM
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Supposedly the best bulb out there is the GE Aquarays 9325K bulb. You might choose to complement it with "normal" daylight bulbs (~6500K) to offset the pinkish hue. Or not. Or something totally different. There are many choices.

Remember that the bulb is only part of the equation. Good reflectors, for example, assure that more of the light goes into the tank. Important point to consider when doing DIY.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-21-2004, 11:30 AM
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Why not just get a 96 watt PC kit from AHSupply? They are long enough to give an even coverage to a 30 gallon tank. And they contribute to these kinds of results.


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I have just installed one of these over my 30. I purchased two kits and an enclosure from AHS for the future tank, and installed one just to use now on the growout tank (30W NO All-Glass fixture just wasn't getting it, folks). If it doesn't blow up (the setup, not the lights), I may post pics of the progress after a few weeks.

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