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Old 04-15-2004, 01:25 AM   #1
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Does anyone know anything about these floresent bulbs? The don't say the K on the but the package says they are for growing plants or for aquariums. The bulb gives off a soft pink color. You can get them at places like home depot.

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Old 04-15-2004, 01:52 AM   #2
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Many of plant bulbs don't mention the K rating. But they do have peaks on red and blue region. I think it's because they don't want to mislead people with the K rating. GE plant/aquarium bulb is red and has a K rating of 3200. Many soft white bulb that rated at 3200K emit yellow or orange color. Another GE SPX bulb emit soft pink color and has K rating close 5000. Most 5000K bulbs are yellow. The bright pink one we usually see the the GE aquaray 9325. So the Kelvin doesn't always tell you what the real color is.

But when GE and Philips mention "plant", they always have U shape spectrum graph (high on red and blue)
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Old 04-15-2004, 01:13 PM   #3
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What nino was trying to say is that the Philips P&A bulbs you saw at Home Depot will work very nicely in your planted tank.
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Old 04-15-2004, 02:00 PM   #4
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I just bought 2 of them and i hate them. The light is too yellow. I like the 9325 K much much better
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Agree. No bulbs those say for "plant and aquarium" look nice.
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Old 04-15-2004, 08:58 PM   #6
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No bulbs those say for "plant and aquarium" look nice.
That's why you mix them with a more eye-pleasing bulb. They grow plants great.
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Okay. I have the 20 watt plant and aquarium bulb, a 20 watt daylight bulb (6500K) and a 15 watt aquaglo over my 20 High. Is this any good?
I also have co2
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Those are very good bulb choices.
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I've used both OSRAM/Sylvania Plant & Aquarium Gro-Lux bulbs and General Electric's Plant & Aquarium bulbs and not only do they grow plants well, they have a slight pinkish tone that I believe makes the fish look fantastic (especially Rasbora heteromorpha!).
If the bulbs you purchased are really yellow, then they're probably not fit for planted aquarium use. Let us know how it goes.
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Old 04-16-2004, 03:36 PM   #10
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Here is a good site with pictures of different tubes used in the same tank, there's Philips, Arcadia, Sylvania etc. Some metal halides too and the spectrum charts.

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rain, that page is simply amazing. That is the kind of information that I have been looking for, for quite a while now. I love the fact they have a photo and a sprectral analysis of the light.

Great post!
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It's made by a friend of mine =) It really is quite usefull. I have been using Philips 840 tubes, but those pictures made me want to change to 965, it looks so much better.

And then I bought metal halides with those Philips Mastercolour (942) bulbs. But well, I still have smaller tanks that need fluorescent lighting, maybe they will be less yellow (with peat extract it doesn't really matter though, everything looks yellow then) =)
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Old 04-16-2004, 07:14 PM   #13
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Can you ask your friend if I can use the Spectral graphs on my site? I will give him full credit.
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Old 04-16-2004, 07:32 PM   #14
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I'll ask =)
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Old 04-18-2004, 07:10 AM   #15
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Kelvin (color temp) is a measure of the combined wavelengths of a bulb, CRI would give you a more accurate measure of how smooth the output is, the higher the number, the less spikes and dips amongst specific wavelengths of the visible spectrum, the higher the CRI, the smoother the output and the greater the color accuracy.

The problem with "gro bulbs" is that they emphasize the red wavelengths that algae can use more efficiently than plants. From my experience and a little research, the higher temps are readily used by plants while depriving algae of it's ideal wavelengths.

Here's another good analysis of bulbs:

http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/H...7/spectra.html
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