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post #11 of 26 Old 12-29-2009, 12:03 PM
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and those little energy saving looking bulbs in the other. Works fine!
Do you also use the one's I posted up top, these longer straight one's or the swirly looking one's like Steph????

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post #12 of 26 Old 12-29-2009, 12:21 PM
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The one's you use. I get em at one of my home department stores as well. I like them a lot. Look much better than any incandescent and like you said, they warm up slowly which is way better than any fluorescent!

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post #13 of 26 Old 12-29-2009, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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are thoses just the new regulare power saving bulbs?
yes, they are daylight fluorescents (I think they are a fuller spectrum compared to the 'regular' ones that give off a yellower light). I have two 40W bulbs because that's all that will fit...we'll see if this works or not : )

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The one's you use. I get em at one of my home department stores as well. I like them a lot. Look much better than any incandescent and like you said, they warm up slowly which is way better than any fluorescent!
Yea I totally love them, first time tried these and felt in love and my plant progress in that very tank proof 's me i'm on the right track

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yes, they are daylight fluorescents (I think they are a fuller spectrum compared to the 'regular' ones that give off a yellower light). I have two 40W bulbs because that's all that will fit...we'll see if this works or not : )
Check your package it may tell ya the Kelvin on there. The tube style one's I posted the picture of are rated at 6500K which is perfect for plants.

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post #16 of 26 Old 12-29-2009, 03:03 PM
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a single fluro tube light over a 10 gallon will allow you to grow almost anything.........the screw-in incadescent bulbs will also work, but for enegy effiency the fluro bulb is the way to go!
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post #17 of 26 Old 12-29-2009, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
I should have learned my lesson a long time ago not to listen to the know-it-all people at my LFS who sometimes just think they know it all. Next time I'm on the market for ANYTHING, I'm going to go to the store, plan, come home and research, ask my forum folks, and THEN make my actual purchase.

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post #18 of 26 Old 12-29-2009, 03:47 PM
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a good rule of thumb for visiting a fish store............

I walk into these places acting like i know nothing, and ask to talk to the most knowledgable fish person they have.......I tell them i'm looking to get into the hobby and ask for advice..........I listen to what they have to say, and then make a judgment call......If they are honest and give good advice, i will visit the store again........Most of the time, the workers try to sell you alot of not needed items and give BAD compatibility advice......I once had a guy tell em i could keep oscars and goldfish in a 20 gallon long.......That place never made a penny off of me........

I'm not saying there are NO caring and knowledgable fish store workers, but it seems they are far and few between.....
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There is a GREAT lfs about 30 minutes away from me (compared to the mediocre one about 5 minutes away), but they just changed their supplier and last time I was there I saw a half dozen dead fish populating various tanks. It was SO disturbing. They are super knowledgable and won't sell me things that I shouldn't be buying, but boy, the quality has tanked : - |

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I'm also fortunate to live about a 1/2 hour away from "That Fish Place"...............5 Marine biologists on staff and almost all the workers are from the local college that has a decent marine biology program........I rarely have to question anything they tell me...........Fish selection is unbelievable.........Usually they have about 20 to 25 varieties of tetras...The cichlid selection is twice that size
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