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Finding High Watt Lights
Old 04-10-2008, 05:37 PM   #11
 
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Just remember to get the right spectrum lightbulbs- most of the ones you can buy at a hardware store just aren't going to cut it. 67k is the optimum light you want for a freshwater tank.

Reflectors are basically mirrors that shine all the light down into the tank instead of all over the place. The lights you have right now probably have white plastic ones, which don't work very well. The ones from AH are extremely efficient- they're very shiny and shaped to bounce all the light back into your tank. It means you get a lot more bang for your buck (or your electricity bill at least).
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:15 PM   #12
 
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I believe I am understanding now about what fixtures and bulbs will work with my tank. I think I'm just going to hold off until I have enough money to get or build a canopy so that I can have two 4 foot bulbs across the top, and maybe get one of the kits from AH supply (I think there was a 4 ft. bulb one).
Thanks for the help!
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Old 04-11-2008, 04:41 PM   #13
 
I have a related question. The light fixture for my tank is designed for T12 bulbs, but all the higher power bulbs I can find seem to be T8. Can T8 bulbs fit into T12 fittings or is there a way to retrofit a T12 into something that will fit a T8?
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