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Zoo Med :

Flora Sun t5 ho 54w's - 5,000k
Ultra Sun, Super Daylight t5 ho's 54w 6,500k

Any one using these are they any good? There are made in Germany

Giesemann :

Aqua Flora T5 HO 54w's - 5,700k
Midday t5 HO 54w's - 6,000k

Is there a big difference between both Brands they are both made in Germany
 

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I have a Zoo Med Flora Sun bulb, and so far I like it. It has a nice color to the light, it is not too expensive, and better yet they are commonly available at my local big box pet stores. I have not been using it long enough to say a whole lot more, but I definitely feel I got my moneys' worth out of it.
 

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Zoo Med

Don;t use it on my fish tanks, but I have the 24" HO and have been using it on my terrestial Meyer Lemon (a lemon-mandarin hybrid) tree and saracenia purple pitcher plant.

The Meyer plant immediately flowered and now has lemon/mandarin buds.
The pitcher plant sprouted 2 new stems.

All in the first 2 weeks of me getting the Zoo Med.
 

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I've had the Star Coats for a long time but did a lot of reading of the
Giesemann :
Aqua Flora T5 HO 54w's - 5,700k
Midday t5 HO 54w's - 6,000k

But I've found across the street at Petco the Zoo Med's
Flora Sun t5 ho 54w's - 5,000k
Ultra Sun, Super Daylight t5 ho's 54w 6,500k

And was wondering if the Zoo Med's were just as good as the Giesemann
by the Kelvins they are pretty close.
I wounder how much of a difference 700k an 500k of each lamps really look
compared to each other?
I have 6 lamps an I'm going to use only 4 lamps for my 110g tank , maybe I should get 1 of each and see?
 

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The Geisemann are most likely better since they are Marine leaning in their products. I think the ZooMed will do you just as well. If you mix the bulbs you will most likely not be able to tell much of a difference.
Only why I ask about the Zoo Med it's offer across the street from my house at a Petco an are around $20. and wounder if they were just as good compared to Geisemann?
 

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Does any one know how long do a ballast last , The one's I have are a couple of years old and wounder if I would need to replace them soon.
Any tips on brand names for t5 ho's 54w's lamps ? I wish ice caps were still around.
 

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My experience with Zoo Med bulbs and other products by them has been somewhat disappointing. My preference would be the Geisemann bulbs, but they tend to be a lot more expensive. I might try the Zoo Meds first and then if I didn't like them get the Geisemanns the next time around.
 

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My experience with Zoo Med bulbs and other products by them has been somewhat disappointing. My preference would be the Geisemann bulbs, but they tend to be a lot more expensive. I might try the Zoo Meds first and then if I didn't like them get the Geisemanns the next time around.

What was disappointing with the ZooMed T5H0 fluorescent tubes?
 

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My experience with Zoo Med bulbs and other products by them has been somewhat disappointing. My preference would be the Geisemann bulbs, but they tend to be a lot more expensive. I might try the Zoo Meds first and then if I didn't like them get the Geisemanns the next time around.
There both made in Germany and are only 700k - 500k different than the
Geisemann's there much the same except the price.
 

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I might try a pair of Zoo Med this week an see if I like them . {only because I can get them next door} and still order 2 pairs of the Geisemann's {I have 6 lamps but only running 1 pair and later will add another pair and keep the 3rd pair for back up}
 

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Yesterday, I received the package from Foster&Smith where I ordered a pair of Zoo Med 6500K and a pair of Zoo Med Plant Grow. I just used the new lights and I think the combination is too warm. If I would redo it, I'll have three 6500K and only one Plant Grow.
 
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