12-03-2011, 01:42 PM
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The spectrum is fine for the plants, but I would be concerned over the intensity. I tried to find out more about this tube but couldn't, even on Aqueon's site. No mention of intensity (lumens, lux would have helped) or Kelvin (colour). From the spectrum I would expect a very warm reddish/purplish hue. And this almost always means less intensity, sometimes half that of a full spectrum 6500K tube. With no data, but only your comment to go by, i would exchange this.
Life-Glo 2 is ideal; ZooMed Ultra Sun same. Or from a hardware/home improvement store a "daylight" tube by GE, Phillips or Sylvania with a 6500K rating. I know these will work fine as I have used them myself.
When I bought an Aqueon hood for my 29g, it came with a tube that was useless. I chucked it straight into recyling. No idea if it was what you have, or a stock tube. But it was weak light, and purplish like the so-called aquarium and plant tubes are.