10-04-2011, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by OddballFishCoveter
Your statement makes me breathe a sad sigh, lol. As much as I would run out and get a new bulb this very second, my mom thinks *again" that my tank will be "just fine". I know my hobbies are a strain on her, poor Mom, but she really does view my fish and plants in a different light than other animals... suppose I'll have to somehow get money for a new light before all my plants die. D: Having a job would make this hobby much easier on her wallet.
I think the light is the major issue here, and would get a new tube before spending money on Flourish Trace. Check out the hardware stores, like Home Depot or Lowe's, and similar, look for the Phillips or Sylvania daylight tubes with a kelvin of 6500K. They will be cheaper, a couple dollars. Just see if they have them in the length to fit your fixture; a T8 preferably, but even a T12 would work. Doesn't matter about watts, the tube length is what you're after. Eventually you could get a Life-Glo which is considerably more expensive, up to you, but the Phillips or Sylvania will be an improvement.