02-27-2013, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
I have found that the tubes in hardware-type stores are the more common sizes, which makes sense considering their normal market in construction and home use. I use these over my larger tanks (48-inch tubes). Getting tubes for the "odd size" aquarium fixtures usually means having to go with a tube manufactured for an aquarium.
The Aqueon is one, but not one I would get. I have one of these, it came with my Aqueon fixture, and it is not worth anything; I chucked it in the recycling.
Good tubes are the Life-Glo (Hagen), and the UltraSun (ZooMed). The LG is 6700K and the US is 6500K. I use the Life-Glo on all my single tube tanks because it is more intense light for the size and it is a good balanced light.
There may be other similar tubes but I have not tried them so I would not want to recommend them. The LifeGlo is slightly more expensive, but in an experiment over several months using different tubes on my 29g there was absolutely no doubt but that this tube provided the more intense and better light; plant growth was good [the plants began dying under other tubes].
I intended to buy the Life-Glo one. One of the two bulbs in my 55's fixture is a Life-Glo. I cannot for the life of me find the Life-Glo in the 15" bulb size though. Quite frustrating actually. I can't even find anything comparable in that size. Even on Amazon I'm having crap luck.
I didn't think of ZooMed, I always see it in the reptile sections so I usually pass it up. Woult the UltraSun work well??
Quite frustrating. =P
Last edited by LadyKeiva; 02-27-2013 at 12:55 PM..