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post #1 of 15 Old 09-28-2010, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not sure on what to do for bulbs even after reading the four part intro in the stickies. I have an aqua culture hood for my ten gallon tank. The directions said to put in a 2-15 OR 25 watt bulbs in it. It kind of threw me off with the or. I went to my local fish store and asked them about lights and he proceeded to show me this hood that was about 80 bucks that came with two bulbs, a regular looking one and a blue one which he said he'd exchange with a pink one for me because it'll help plant growth.
Should I go with the new hood or just buy bulbs to put into the hood I already have? If I'm just to buy the bulbs then waht do I buy?
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post #2 of 15 Old 09-29-2010, 01:30 AM
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stick with the hood you have and ge bulbs rated at 6500 K...you should be able to locate one at your hardware store..check the side of the box or pakaging of the bulb to find out...these are properly rated for you planted aquarium...go with 13 watts in the compact flourescents...you should be golden...any other questions just ask away...ADIOS..

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post #3 of 15 Old 09-29-2010, 07:30 AM
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Depends on what type of bulbs they are. Are they T8, T5, or T5HO? Most likely, your current hood is fine.

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post #4 of 15 Old 09-29-2010, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
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So the bulbs at say home depot would say more on the boxes than then ones do at WalMart? D: Or are these bulbs in a different section than the regular house hold light bulbs? I know the shape is different but that's about all I know. :[


I don't know about that. he showed me the hood real hurriedly and it was a little too high up for me to just reach up and grab. Short stuff here.
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post #5 of 15 Old 09-29-2010, 12:51 PM
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First, what type of hood do you now have? By which I mean, does it take fluorescent tubes, or incandescent (screw-in) bulbs? I'm assuming the latter, but please confirm. Then I can recommend inexpensive but good tubes/bulbs. There is no point in throwing away money on a new fixture when whatever you have will work with the right tube/bulb.

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post #6 of 15 Old 09-29-2010, 04:45 PM
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If it is indeed for incandescent lights, use CFL bulbs instead. They're better for the environment and are pretty good lighting for smaller tanks.

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post #7 of 15 Old 09-29-2010, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Walmart.com: Aqua Culture: Aquarium Hood Incandescent 10 Gallon Pets,: Fish
It says bulbs but they look like tubes...


Also, fishkid, I don't know what CFLs are. D:
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post #8 of 15 Old 09-29-2010, 08:21 PM
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Walmart.com: Aqua Culture: Aquarium Hood Incandescent 10 Gallon Pets,: Fish
It says bulbs but they look like tubes...


Also, fishkid, I don't know what CFLs are. D:
That link says it is an incandescent hood, so it takes screw-in bulbs. CFL are compact fluorescent bulbs, they screw in and are all the range these days since they produce more light with less energy than regular ("old fashioned") bulbs. You can also buy them in various "colour" temperatures, like daylight, cool white, warm white, natural white, or whatever terms different manufacturers may use. What you want is daylight, with a Kelvin rating around 6500K. GE, Phillips and Sylvania all make these. Somewhere on the box it will probably give the kelvin number, around 6500K is fine. The hood takes two bulbs, so get 10w CF bulbs. I have these over my 20g and they are perfect.

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post #9 of 15 Old 09-29-2010, 09:09 PM
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I've found 6500k bulbs at walmart (GE) and lowes (Sylvania and Bright Effects) but could not find a 6500k CFL screw in bulbs at Home Depot.
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post #10 of 15 Old 09-29-2010, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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That link says it is an incandescent hood, so it takes screw-in bulbs. CFL are compact fluorescent bulbs, they screw in and are all the range these days since they produce more light with less energy than regular ("old fashioned") bulbs. You can also buy them in various "colour" temperatures, like daylight, cool white, warm white, natural white, or whatever terms different manufacturers may use. What you want is daylight, with a Kelvin rating around 6500K. GE, Phillips and Sylvania all make these. Somewhere on the box it will probably give the kelvin number, around 6500K is fine. The hood takes two bulbs, so get 10w CF bulbs. I have these over my 20g and they are perfect.
Thank you, Byron. <3
I'll hopefully have the tank set up by Friday night! :D Oh. I was also wondering... if I were to set up a timer... how would I go about doing this?
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