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Best type of lighting for 120 Gallon Tank???
Old 11-04-2009, 03:39 PM   #11
 
I've been looking around, and so far I can only find 32W bulbs/6500K, or 40W/4500K.
Would you suggest the 32W/6500K?

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Old 11-04-2009, 04:13 PM   #12
 
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I've been looking around, and so far I can only find 32W bulbs/6500K, or 40W/4500K.
Would you suggest the 32W/6500K?

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You are most welcome, and thank you. I would go with the 6500K which is full spectrum and therefore balanced light. Of course, the specific tube is important, not all full spectrum are the same. Is this by any chance the Zoo Med brand, maybe the UltraSun? I believe it is 32w and would be fine. Or the Hagen 40w Life-Glo 2 at 6700K, much the same. The Zoo Med increase the intensity and thus the lower wattage is comparable to the 40w.

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Old 11-04-2009, 09:09 PM   #13
 
I see that you're from Canada as well, so maybe you are familiar with Home Hardware. I saw these two products on their website, and Im wondering if you feel that they may be sufficient.
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Old 11-05-2009, 09:50 AM   #14
 
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I see that you're from Canada as well, so maybe you are familiar with Home Hardware. I saw these two products on their website, and Im wondering if you feel that they may be sufficient.
Home Hardware Product Details
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Home Hardware Product Details

Im about to make the change, so I promise Ill stop bothering you after this

Thank you so much for your help, it's been appreciated!

You are most welcome. And questions are not a bother, that's why we're all here, to learn and help.

The first link is not a recommended tube. Grolux [I used these back in the 1980's when they were all the rage for planted aquaria and there was nothing else basically] are similar to tubes with names like "Aqua Glo" or Flora Glo, etc. They are high in the blue and red but little or no green light, which means the tank takes on a purplish, almost spectral hue. Colours of plants and fish do not appear natural. And these tubes are usually less intense light so not the best for plants even though they provide the necessary colour (blue and red).

The second link is fine. In fact, I have one of these on each of my 70g and 90g aquaria, along with a Life-Glo 2 full spectrum; you can see the effect in my aquaria photos. The Phillips Daylight Deluxe appears just a tad cooler, it is sort of a cool white colour, proven to be excellent for plant growth especially when combined with a full spectrum. I got mine from Home Depot, they were around $7 for a pair. I like to mix them over tanks that have two tubes for my personal preference, but I believe they would be fine on their own. If they have the regular full spectrum Daylight by Phillips, one of those and one of the Daylight Deluxe would be a good match assuming you have two tubes over the tank. I suspect Home Hardware will do the same, but when I got mine at HD I was able to take back the ones I didn't like. That way you can try both and decide which you prefer. Both provide the good colour for plant growth so it is then a matter of your preference in the appearance of the aquarium.

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Old 11-05-2009, 11:04 AM   #15
 
Thanks Byron you have been a great help! I haven't seen anything about the Philips Deluxe on the website, just 44W, High Output Cool White...Im assuming those are either them, or are also good? I'm on my way to go get some lights now thanks to your advice.

Does it matter when I start adding plants after I put the new lights in, or can I start adding right away?
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Old 11-05-2009, 11:15 AM   #16
 
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Thanks Byron you have been a great help! I haven't seen anything about the Philips Deluxe on the website, just 44W, High Output Cool White...Im assuming those are either them, or are also good? I'm on my way to go get some lights now thanks to your advice.

Does it matter when I start adding plants after I put the new lights in, or can I start adding right away?
Plant as soon as the lights are on. And if you can, plant heavy at once, by which I mean add as many plants together. It is easier to fertilize, and the water stabilizes quicker.


Thank you. Keep us posted. It is fun planting tanks.

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Old 11-05-2009, 01:54 PM   #17
 
Ok so I just got home from going to every hardware store in the city. Home hardware was all out of the Philips T8, as was Home Depot. I found T8 Daylights, made my Sylvania, and I bought them. Are these a good brand, or did I make a mistake? I stopped off at Canadian Tire on the way home, and they had T8 Daylight by GE. I didnt get those since I already bought some, but now im wondering if I made a mistake. Thanks again!
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Old 11-05-2009, 02:36 PM   #18
 
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Ok so I just got home from going to every hardware store in the city. Home hardware was all out of the Philips T8, as was Home Depot. I found T8 Daylights, made my Sylvania, and I bought them. Are these a good brand, or did I make a mistake? I stopped off at Canadian Tire on the way home, and they had T8 Daylight by GE. I didnt get those since I already bought some, but now im wondering if I made a mistake. Thanks again!
You're OK. Home Depot used to carry Sylvannia, and I used them for 12 years, one full spectrum and one Daylight Deluxe or whatever it was called, forgotten now. They now carry the Phillips. The GE I've never used so couldn't say. But your Sylvannia are fine.

Tubes have to be replaced every 12 months, over time they lose their output intensity (all fluorescent tubes do this). They still light, but the light is considerably less intense and the plants don't get enough. Some aquarists say they should be replaced every six months, but most agree that 12 is OK. I have read one or two who say 2-3 years, but few agree with them. Since these Phillips are very inexpensive (by comparison to those manufactured specifically for aquaria) once a year is not bad. Staggering them (replace one at a time, six months apart, so each is lasting 12 months but not being replaced at the same time) is often suggested, and I now do this; it creates a more consistent intensity.

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Old 11-05-2009, 05:17 PM   #19
 
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I use the Sylvannia. Never had a problem and the plants are doing great.
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Old 11-06-2009, 10:06 AM   #20
 
Thanks for the input guys!

Just an update. I installd the Sylvannia T8 Daytime Deluxe bulbs yetserday.
As soon as they turned on, I went out and bought 2 Wisteria plants, one sword (The tag said regular sword, now Im not sure what type it is), and 2 Variegated Japanese Dwarf Rush. The plant already looks 10x better. I took out the greek decor, and replaced them with the new drift wood that I bought. With the new bulbs, plants, driftwood, and 2 new fancy guppies, I came out only having spent 50 bucks!

I noticed the difference in the lighting right away. Everything seems brighter and more vibrant!.
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