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post #11 of 17 Old 08-27-2011, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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Zoo med, are these for reptiles normally? Like would I need to look on the reptile isle or does zoomed make aquarium bulbs too?

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I see now that they make aquarium ones.

Im having a hard time finding one of these bulbs around here, I checked Lowes and Home Depot's website as well as petsmart and pet supermarkets websites and I cant find anything. Id like to be able to just pick it up at a store, but Im starting to think I might have to just order online and have it shipped. :(


If that is the case, what is the best bulb you can recommend from foster and smith aquatics.com byron?

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post #12 of 17 Old 08-27-2011, 03:28 PM
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ZooMed make aquairum tubes, they may make reptile lights too, probably makes sense. Look in the fish section. I don't know who carries them, Petsmart in Canada does not. ZooMed are (here) a tad less expensive than Hagen Glo tubes.

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I realized that after I posted. >.<

I revised my previous post with an additional question in case you didn't catch it.
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Found a hagen life glo tube!!

It was at a locally owned fish store. Woohoo! Thanks for all the help everyone.
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Zoo med, are these for reptiles normally? Like would I need to look on the reptile isle or does zoomed make aquarium bulbs too?

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I see now that they make aquarium ones.

Im having a hard time finding one of these bulbs around here, I checked Lowes and Home Depot's website as well as petsmart and pet supermarkets websites and I cant find anything. Id like to be able to just pick it up at a store, but Im starting to think I might have to just order online and have it shipped. :(


If that is the case, what is the best bulb you can recommend from foster and smith aquatics.com byron?
Hardware/home improvement stores will carry standard manufacturer's tubes, like Phillips, Sylvania, maybe GE, and these make suitable tubes. They call them "daylight" something, Phillips is Alto Daylight Deluxe, and they have a kelvin of 6500K which is what you want to look for. They may not come in all sizes though, I know they don't here.

Fish stores will carry the more expensive aquarium-made tubes. I can't believe Petsmart or someone doesn't have the Hagen "Glo" series, those are usually in all stores. They are more expensive, but if that doesn't bother you, the Life-Glo is in my view the best tube for a planted tank. I use this on all my single-tube tanks; on my dual-tube (larger) tanks, I have one Life-Glo and one Phillips Daylight Deluxe. The ZooMed Ultra Sun I mentioned is probably harder to come by, at least here, no one carries it now, but it is nearly identical to the Life-Glo. Fosters&Smith have the Life-Glo, they may have the ZooMed too.

I would be afraid of the tube breaking if ordering online, but perhaps they pack them so they can't.

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One more question. In a 29g will the 20w life glo be able to handle low to moderate light requirements or just low only?
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One more question. In a 29g will the 20w life glo be able to handle low to moderate light requirements or just low only?
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Low and moderate, some plants fare better, others not so good, depending. For examples, here are photos of my 29g with the Life-Glo when it was set up for a SE Asian stream, and the present 33g which is very close as it is also a single Life-Glo though a 30-inch over a 36-inch tank. You will note I also have floating plants.
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