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post #1 of 5 Old 10-05-2010, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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Need help with lighting

Hey everyone, I recently decided to ditch the fake plants and put some real ones into my 55gal. From reading all the info in this section, I can see that I'm probably going to have to replace my Coralife Colormax F21-T5-8P bulb. Is it possible to just change out the bulb for something else? Or am I going to have to get a whole new fixture? Any suggestions on where I can get a good price on lighting that would work for me? Thanks for all the help!
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-06-2010, 03:55 AM
corallife is fo coral and not really good for plants check the pins oor legs or what ever they call those things and see whether a philips daylight 6500k will fit in there.the light has to be a bright white light for the plants

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post #3 of 5 Old 10-06-2010, 10:04 AM
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Coralife bulbs might be fine... From what I'm reading they are full-spectrum 6700k...

If you have a 2 bulb fixture, then keep one and put a 6500k t5 bulb into the fixture.

If you only have one slot, then it would come down to how long you're had the colormax bulb running... Over a year or two, then replace it with (any brand, GE, phillips, etc) a 6500k T5 tube.... They're just a few bucks at home improvement stores and wal-mart, and are usually called 'daylight'... Look for the 6500k though, and make sure they have the letters T5 on the package.

Also, I would reccomend you find a T5 NO bulb.. HO and VHO will be way too much light.

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post #4 of 5 Old 10-07-2010, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for your responses kitten and red... my plants arent looking so great right now, so ill definitely look for some a new bulb!
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-10-2010, 02:00 AM
good luck in finding it soon. i bet the wallmart has it.

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
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