02-18-2012, 05:02 PM
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Yes, I would stay away from any so-called "aquarium" or "plant" tube. I have tried several, not all but several, and they are weaker intensity than full spectrum or daylight, about half some of them. And they give a purplish hue which distorts fish and plant colours; some may like this, many including me do not. But the weaker light is the more important issue.
A 6500K "daylight" with a 5000K ("warmer") tube, or two 6500K tubes (for a crisper white) will work. The hue is up to your preference.