02-09-2011, 03:30 PM
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best 30" T5 (non-HO) lamp for plants
I am currently using a Coralife 30" T5 dual lamp fixture for my tank.
It comes with 2 T5 18W tubes. one is their 6700k lamp, targeted for plants, and the other one is their "colormax" lamp, meant for enhancing the colors within the tank.
While I like the sleek profile of the lamp, and the silent operation (no fans), I am not a huge fan of the color it emits, particularly the "colormax" tube it comes with.
Does anyone have recommendations on what other tubes i can use in its place, that are good for plants? I know I can get a number of 6500k - 7000k lamps from the hardware store and even Walmart. I'm just wondering if there are any general consensus as to which ones are the best to get for plants.