|12-16-2003, 01:00 PM||#1|
After looking over the methods used by others here, I was unhappy with the choices available. Either the bulbs were too expensive, or not good size-wise.
Ultimately, I decided upon the following: Phillips F72 T12 6' 85watt HO 6500K bulbs. This will allow for coverage w/o overlap or underlap.
BTW, I am vacillating over which ballast to use. There are the good ol' fashioned type, and the electronic a la Fulham. The latter appears more expensive. But is it worth it??
125 gal; walmart-K/L covered in PlaySand;
Rena Filstar XP3
6x85watt HO flu. 4.08 Watts/gallon
3x 6500K + 3x 5000k 8hrs/day
HP CO2 ~50 bub/min into Rena canister
My Tap H2O = 0% NO3; 2 Gh; 6.8 pH; 0.3 ppm Fe
|12-16-2003, 01:30 PM||#2|
The only concern with using lourescent tubes like those is how quickly they deteriorate. They usually need to be replaced every 6-9 months, whereas compact flourescent tubes need to be replaced every 12-18 months. The 96 watt CF bulbs are 3 feet long and using two of them side by side should work quite well for you. Just my opinion.
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29 and 45 gallon. 2026, 2028
My 29 gallon tank
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