06-04-2012, 08:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Olympia
I'd love awesome plants like that! However I'd rather spend the $50 for a hood on something in the tank. How much did the hood run you? Do you use plant specific aquarium bulbs or regular ones? I've seen up to 6500K at home depot, and Lowe's has a 6500K 22 inch tube for like $8.
Trying to save some costs!
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I bought this tank with the hood at Petsmart about a year ago. I like the hood, it seems sturdy, and the glass is well sealed in. Can't remember the cost, but it was a combo deal anyway.
In my single-tube tanks i so far have stayed with Life-Glo tubes because they are good. ZooMed makes one called Ultra Sun that is basically identical (also 6700K) but no one here carries these any longer. Getting the hardware-type in small sizes is not easy, most are still T12 and I prefer T8, but the GE, Phillips or Sylvania 6500K tubes are much the same if you can find them. I use these in 48 inches on my larger tanks, they are T8. The Phillips are $8 for a pair (Home Depot), the GE are $12 for a pair (Canadian Tire).