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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-24-2004, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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hi all,

i have an aqa one 9.2 gallon that has flourite substrate .... a hagen "diy" yeast system ... a small 11w flouro inbuilt in the hood .... it is planted with a few bunches of spiral val, 2 small micro swords .... a whole lot of bunches of a stem plant that grows real tall ... i think its a hygrophilia ...... and a huge driftwood with some very lush beautiful african water fern growing all over it ... the tank also has 5 small guppies , one small bristlenose pleco (i think) and a few snails that seemed to sneak in unannounced....

despite the low light the plants all seem real healthy and quite lush ....and since changing the substrate to flourite they have in fact really taken off ... but i would like to get a little more light into the tank .....


i have been reading about the screw in compact fluoros in this section that have the inbuilt ballast ....


here in aust we seem to have either the spiral ones or the phillips essentials brand that have 3 small straight looped tubes coming off the base... u]

i have not been able to find the panasonic ones mentioned.


any ideas on the suitability of these types of lights for an enclosed hood....

i think i remember seeing a prev post (which i couldnt find) which suggested that the spiral ones are no good as they reflect the light internally within the spiral ..... wouldn't that be the same for all the 3 and 4 loop tubed ones as well ?

would there be any advantage getting one of the ahsupply reflectors and cutting it down to fit for use with these bulbs as well ... or is that a bit of overkill . ..... i think i rememnber rex griggs saying that these reflectors are really only designed for the straighter type of cf (again ,.. hope i haven't misquoted him ) ...

any thoughts on this would be appreciated

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The ahsupply reflector would not work for the screw in bulbs.
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hi nfish .... thanks for the reply .... any recommendation for reflectors .... would white paint be just as effective ... or is some other brand of reflector better ? .....

do these screw in bulbs work ok with plants .... are the multi loop ones better than the spiral ones ? ... any opinions from those that have used them is greatly appreciated

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33 US G (125L) ------ Aqua-One 620 Tall - L: 24" (60cm), W: 14" (36cm), D: 24" (60cm) ; Modified Hood with 2 x GE 55W 21" AquaRays (9325 K) under AH Supply Reflectors; Fluval 304 Canister Filter;Substrate = 2" JBL AquaBasis Plus nutrient ground cover + 2" of 50% mix of Flourite & Onxy Sand ; JBL ProFlora Pressurized CO2 + REXX DIY CO2 Reactor; Hydor 300W Inline Heater @ 26C/79F;Fish = 2 x SAE; 2 x Clown Loaches; 15 x Cardinal Tetras; 2 x Orange Angels
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