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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-12-2010, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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Question Lighting in a 10 Gal

I'd like to start up a 10 gal with diy co2. I have an extra 30" compact fluorescent fixture floating around without a bulb. Never used it, so I'm not entirely sure if it works.

Is 65 watts of compact fluorescent light too much over a standard 10 gallon tank, with a limiting factor of diy c02?
If so, could you put a shorter, same style pinned bulb in the fixture?

I'm terribly sorry to even make this thread. I basically had the same questions about the last attempt I made at sufficiently growing aquatic plants, but I want to try again.
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do you know if it is a t12,t8 or a t5 bulb that makes a huge difference in the strength in lighting.but i use a 48inch fixture on my 36inch 46gal bow front
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The ballast is made for a specific wattage bulb. It might turn on but I'd imagine it would over drive it and shorten it's usable life.
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Looks something like this

How would I tell? A search turns up bulbs that look pretty different.

Thanks, that's understandable.
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