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Light bulbs help

10 years 2 weeks ago #29041 by BCParker
Replied by BCParker on topic Light bulbs help
I have a similar setup with 3 T-8 bulbs in a homemade canopy over my planted tank.

I can't recommend any specific brand because I haven't tried many of them.

I use cheap hardware store bulbs.  2 pack of Phillips or similar brand 'Daylight' or "cool white" tubes rated at 6500K cost about $5.

Live plants seem to do very well with this spectrum.

A mix of different spectrum bulbs usually looks pretty good too. Get one bulb to bring out the blues-10,000K or higher, and one with a lower temp -4500K-6500K to make the red and orange fish really shine.  10,000K or higher bulbs will give you that crisp blue/white saltwater look.

Avoid bulbs labeled warm or soft (2700K) unless you are growing flowering plants that specifically need it.  2700K is about the color of a standard incandescant  and just doesn't look right on a fish tank in my opinion.


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10 years 2 weeks ago #29036 by marcin
Light bulbs help was created by marcin
Hi
I know that some of you out there uses this kind of set up.
I have build nice canopy for my aquarium and it houses two 48 inch T5 HO light bulbs.
I would like to know what are my best options for brand and light spectrum.

Any help would be highly appreciated.
Marcin

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