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Old 01-05-2015, 04:08 PM   #1
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Upgrading 10 Gallon Starter Kit Lighting?


I recently bought a 10 gallon starter kit that came with a 14w 4200k Hagen Sun Glo T8 flourescent tube.



I was considering upgrading to an incandescent hood with two 23w 6500k Sylvania CFLs



Would the upgrade be worth it?

Has anyone had any experience with that type of Slyvania bulb?
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Old 01-05-2015, 04:31 PM   #2
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The 13W ones are the usual. The 23W ones have been known to melt those plastic strip lights.
After sub you are only 10" from it/w your light, perhaps 10.5 or 11" if you go light on
the sub which is not very good for the plants. Makes planting harder also.
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The 13W ones are the usual. The 23W ones have been known to melt those plastic strip lights.
After sub you are only 10" from it/w your light, perhaps 10.5 or 11" if you go light on
the sub which is not very good for the plants. Makes planting harder also.
I'm confused by the last sentence "Makes planting harder also" could you please clarify?
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I ran a single 23w on my 5.5g in the hood and everything was fine. Got a little bit warm but never melted. As a matter of fact I think I saw better growth with that then I am with the planted+ that's on it now.
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I'm confused by the last sentence "Makes planting harder also" could you please clarify?

If the sub is too thin it makes planting harder.
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I ran a single 23w on my 5.5g in the hood and everything was fine. Got a little bit warm but never melted. As a matter of fact I think I saw better growth with that then I am with the planted+ that's on it now.
Did you have it mounted horizontally or vertically?
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Horizontally.
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