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post #1 of 5 Old 06-28-2013, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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Where to find lighting for 36 bow

Having a hell of a time finding a 30 (or 36 inch for a 46 bow) double bulb fluorescent strip/shop light. The handful that I've found have been $80.00 plus !! Which is insane IHMO.

Anyone know of a place to check around? or different solution? Besides suspending a 48 inch over it? I've browsed lowes, hopedepot, and the usualy fish equipment sites..
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Is this online (the prices), or local? Might find less expensive online.

What is the tank length? If it is around 3-feet, you could go with a dual T8 using 30-inch tubes, or a single tube T5 using an HO tube.

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Is this online (the prices), or local? Might find less expensive online.

What is the tank length? If it is around 3-feet, you could go with a dual T8 using 30-inch tubes, or a single tube T5 using an HO tube.

Byron.
I was checking online. I almost buy EVERYTHING online. I almost ALWAYS find everything cheaper.. Plus I don't have to drive =D.

a 36 bow is 30L x 15D x 21H.. so 2 1/2 feet long.
My issue is that I couldn't really find any 30 or so inch fixtures. I was looking for the dual T8, and really couldn't find squat. I found one or two I think.. Both around $88.00. I didn't consider the single tube T5 HO. I'll check into that considering I know I saw HO's everywhere. Didn't notice if I saw any singles or 30 inches.

Thanks for the tip =D
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Is this online (the prices), or local? Might find less expensive online.

What is the tank length? If it is around 3-feet, you could go with a dual T8 using 30-inch tubes, or a single tube T5 using an HO tube.

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What about dual T5 NO? ( not HO)
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What about dual T5 NO? ( not HO)
With NO tubes, fine, but HO would be too much. A T5 HO is roughly 1.5 times more light than the same size T8 in the same type [how the phosphors are made in the tube has a lot to do with intensity, which is why the Life-Glo is more intense than the cheaper GE].

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