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Very, Very Awesome!!!

Do you think you could post the specs on it?

Also what are the two red plants on the bottom left? They are really pretty!

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This is an OLD 22 Gallon tank I pulled out of my parents basement on my last visit. It had an incandescent canopy on it so I replaced the pendant bulbs with Phillips Screw-in Marathon Compact Flourescent bulbs.

The colour spectrum is around 2700k, 40 Watts. No CO2, basic substrate.

Oh, and if I knew what those red plants were.. I'd tell ya!
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Man what a beautiful tank! I guess that goes to show you what you can keep without CO2, expensive lighting etc....

Good job!

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So your telling me you took a old/cheaper incadesant light and was able to screw in flourecent lights ?
I always stayed away from incadesant because they heated the water up a lot, but bottom line is there cheaper to buy than flourecent
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I've seen those bulbs that can screw into incandescent sockets. They are a lot larger than incandescent bulbs and a bit more expensive, since they incorporate the ballast into the bulb base, but they work well. I actually found some 5000K bulbs at Home Depot that are a little more appealing than the low color temp yellowish bulbs you normally see.

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How much were t hey at home depot ?
I'm trying to go about this the cheapest and least work involved as far as goign with co2 etc etc
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Don't pay more then $12 (Canadaian) for these CF replacement bulbs. There are many available, I actually found a place that has 6400k screw in type bulbs!

I'm going to pick up a pair and see how that looks, should look better then the yellow/green tint I have now.

I initially set up this tank "to see if I could do it". One of my LFS was telling me that I could NEVER do anything planted unless I forked out tons of cash. I'm not saying this is a perfect tank, but I like how its coming along. Its only about 2.5-3 months old at this point, so in another couple of months it should look pretty good.
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If it works that well maybe all of us with small tanks atleast consider getting the incadesant canopy and replacing the bulbs with what u suggest, be cheaper and work better !!
dont u think ?
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I cant think of a reason NOT to do this. For a lot of people money just isnt there to spend on a hobby, so this is a great alternative.

I'm experimenting with a few plants to see what works well in these "budget" tanks. I have 43 new plants on the way, and should have them on Friday.

I'll let you guys know how things turn out.
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sweet tank!!
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So where is everyone getting these bulbs ?
I went to home depot yesterday and didnt find anything !!
I ended up going home with 2 not sure of the brand name flourecent lights of 40w i thinik and 650 each on lumens i did put them in and boy a few hrs later it's piping hot but no change in water temp and it has a nice yellowish color, the bulbs did say for plants they actually have a blue color to them, its just a blue color to the bulb not a blue light anyone have any luck at walmart ?
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I wish I could tell you but the Canadian and American Distribution channels are Night and Day different. Even the same chain in both countries sell different products.
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So where is everyone getting these bulbs ?
I went to home depot yesterday and didnt find anything !!
I ended up going home with 2 not sure of the brand name flourecent lights of 40w i thinik and 650 each on lumens i did put them in and boy a few hrs later it's piping hot but no change in water temp and it has a nice yellowish color, the bulbs did say for plants they actually have a blue color to them, its just a blue color to the bulb not a blue light anyone have any luck at walmart ?
Home Depot and Wal mart both carry these bulbs but most of them aren't very good for plants at all. You can buy them online and they have a reasonable color (5700K). I will look for the link for you.

I was also surprised how hot they got when I (along time ago) had some on top of my tank!!!

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They get extremely hot! I have a 95 Watt PC Bulb that runs at 40 degrees celcius (104 degrees Fahrenheit)

You do have to plan for extra ventilation in some cases
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