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post #1 of 6 Old 01-29-2011, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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Florcent bulb help

i have a ten gallon freshwater setup that has two incadecent bulbs,these bulbs do not light well and give water a yellow tint,i purchased new florecent household bulbs that are 13watts each,they plug right in and the fixtures are rubber sealed however will damage be caused because they are not aqruim bulbs?my airstones send a mist uparound the light area,and is this an ok watt rating for this tank,thanks in advance
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-30-2011, 11:59 AM
You don't have anything to worry about. Fluorescent lights are very common over the aquarium. But to be careful, do you have a cover on the tank or anything between the light fixture and the open water?

Often the lights sold in the pet store as "aquarium lights" are just that; only a title on the box to make you think it's special. However, if you want plants to thrive than you do have to give attention to color spectrum.
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post #3 of 6 Old 02-05-2011, 07:59 AM Thread Starter
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they lasted a week..one shattered last night..guess im going to get a plastic cover or a new hood today..anyone have any recomendations?
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post #4 of 6 Old 02-05-2011, 12:30 PM
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I don't know what you have around you for hardware stores but for 10-20$ you can get a piece of acrylic about the size of you tanks top, some places will cut it for you as well.
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post #5 of 6 Old 02-05-2011, 12:46 PM
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If the light fixture itself is still OK, I would simply get a glass cover. Brandon gave one option. They do make glass covers for tanks that are not very expensive; the one I have on my 10g consists of two panes with a plastic "hinge" down the middle, and a little handle at the front so you can lift it open for feeding. At the back is a strip of black plastic that can have holes cut out easily for filters and heaters. I've had it for years so no idea what it cost, but they are not expensive. They sit down inside on the lip around the inside of the tank frame. The light fixture can sit on top.

I gather this is incandescent (screw-in), so two 10w daylight CF bulbs with a kelvin of 6500K would be ideal. I have GE bulbs over my 10g and 20g.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #6 of 6 Old 02-06-2011, 12:51 AM Thread Starter
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yeah it was originally incadesent screw in..i did find a longer looking florecent aqruim bulb at walmart that i tried..only got one for now it looks a lot better than the household bulb it gives a softerwhite slightly blueish glow i may get another for the other side ive been searching everywhere for a better hood but everyone ive came across has been expensive..i also got a smaller airstone in hopes of less water beeing splashed up
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