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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-12-2003, 05:05 AM Thread Starter
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I have a flourescent bulb that i got from home depot and decided to use it would i be okay
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It would work. But there is a difference between good and ok.
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Ergh! Those might do nothing! I used the home bulb given by my friend on 80g planted tank i used to have and tomorrow it doesn't do anything good! The whole tank is full of floating green algae and have covered everything! I lost all of my 4 discus due to lack of O2. :cry:
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Regular fluorescents are fine - as long as you have enough of them. 2 watts per gallon, at least.

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I was just at Home Depot today checking out bulbs for the tank i was planning and found some good ones. Both are GE bulbs, one is called a Plant and Aquarium bulb that produces a reddish light with a good spectrum for plants both in and out of water. The second is called a Daylight bulb, its 440 lumens, 92cri and 5000k if that helps and simulates natural sunlight. For 48 inch bulbs it was 10 dollars for the P & A bulb and 5$ for the daylight bulb. The ones i looked at were both 40 watt T12's

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IME - some of the home floursecents work and some don't do very well for planted aquaria. What is marked on the end of the tube?

Also, I have found that a lot of those home use bulbs do not last very long. The color of the light shifts as they age. So, if its used, be wary of it. Especially if you see those dark stripes on the ends of the bulb when you fire it up.

I have used those $5 daylight tubes from HD with a lot success. But, I changed them at least every 6 months. I didn't see an advantage with the more expensive P&A bulbs.
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