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Old 06-19-2014, 02:24 AM   #241
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As long as you're able to place the lamp directly over the tank and its able to handle the watts your cfl is rated for, anything will do.
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Old 06-19-2014, 07:43 AM   #242
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Just wanted to pipe in with my own setup using 5 CFL fixtures on all 3 of my planted tanks.

The lamps used are the typical walmart ones that come in black. I was kind of apprehensive since the fixture is supposed to handle 13w max, but I went ahead and put in a higher wattage bulb anyway







I think I can grow anything with this setup on my 20 Long (also running 2x2 liter DIY co2 - soon to be replaced with paintball setup).
The lamps on the left and right run 26w GE 6500K bulbs @ 1600 lumen.
The middle lamp is a Great Value 19w @ 5000k and 1300 lumen.

The 20 High has a Jebo power compact fixture running 48w and I include the lamp with the same 19w bulb for an extra boost for about 2-3 hours per day once I get home from work.

3 gallon on top is running a 14w Great Value bulb, 5000k @ 800 lumen. The pearlweed has already started to carpet after a week
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Old 07-10-2014, 07:23 PM   #243
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Are the spiral cfls ok to use or nah?
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Old 07-22-2014, 01:51 AM   #244
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Here's my 20H grow out tank with DIY Co2. I use it to propagate cuttings and experiment with different things. CFLs have worked great. Had 23 watt bulbs for a while but they were a little too bright. Now using 18 watt 5000K Ulitech bulbs from Lowes.

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Recent (18watt bulbs)





Initial set-up (23watt 5000K Ulitech bulbs)




1 week later

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