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post #11 of 16 Old 03-17-2010, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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I can not exhange in my fixture unfortunately I bought it online close to a year ago. I always planned to do a planted tank, but Im just now getting around to it. As you said it will only light will both bulbs in, I ordered this and it came with the lights. It was for freshwater planted tank, and when I look at the lights one has a bluish tinge and the other bulb is a organish red (the blue i was reffering to earlier was much bluer for a lack of a better word haha). I do have the original stock lights for this tank as well, but would like to weigh my options because this fixture was 120dollars. Willing to try the stock fixtures though, which are the 2 24" single bulbs.
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I can not exhange in my fixture unfortunately I bought it online close to a year ago. I always planned to do a planted tank, but Im just now getting around to it. As you said it will only light will both bulbs in, I ordered this and it came with the lights. It was for freshwater planted tank, and when I look at the lights one has a bluish tinge and the other bulb is a organish red (the blue i was reffering to earlier was much bluer for a lack of a better word haha). I do have the original stock lights for this tank as well, but would like to weigh my options because this fixture was 120dollars. Willing to try the stock fixtures though, which are the 2 24" single bulbs.
Retaining this fixture, the best option would be T5 NO tubes. Yours may be this. I also need to know what they are technically, they may be OK. At one end of each tube there will be data, could you list all of it and for each tube? Obviously the colour temperature (the blue, orange hue, etc) is different and that should be expressed as Kelvin.

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I got the light bulb for the 29g, but it is not as bright as the light in your pics byron. I wanted to know what I might of done wrong when looking for the bulb. Its a 6500k color temperature, 1075 lumens 24inch t12 20 watt bulb. There is another stat called CRI color rendering index which 79 as well. If you could point out what I missed in looking for the bulb it would be apprecaited.(IF anything) I will return it tomorrow or when I get an answer if I brought the wrong item. As for the 55g I apprecaite the help but as it is t5 Im just going to cotinue what i do on that tank. As it seems to work well anyways, and will try your method on the 29g.
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I got the light bulb for the 29g, but it is not as bright as the light in your pics byron. I wanted to know what I might of done wrong when looking for the bulb. Its a 6500k color temperature, 1075 lumens 24inch t12 20 watt bulb. There is another stat called CRI color rendering index which 79 as well. If you could point out what I missed in looking for the bulb it would be apprecaited.(IF anything) I will return it tomorrow or when I get an answer if I brought the wrong item. As for the 55g I apprecaite the help but as it is t5 Im just going to cotinue what i do on that tank. As it seems to work well anyways, and will try your method on the 29g.
What's the name (manufacturer and any descriptive name) of the tube you bought? Don't be fooled by my photos, my camera is very cheap, and I set the light way down to try to approximate and get clearer images. The tanks are not bright, believe me.

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Its a PHILPS bulb only thing you could call a name is " Good Color Rendering"
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Its a PHILPS bulb only thing you could call a name is " Good Color Rendering"
That's fine. I have Phillips 6500K tubes as my second tube on the 70g and 90g. Used them for years, used to use Sylvannia until Home Depot here changed to Phillips. They have adequate brightness.

The T8 is perhaps better than the T12, according to some people; T numbers refer to the diameter, the T12 are the largest (can't remember the actual measurement), the T8 are a bit smaller and some say last longer in intensity. I happened to buy new replacements yesterday for my T12 Phillips and noticed the 48-inch are now in T8 so I got those; I did notice the smaller lengths were still all T12. So if you can, T8 would be better but if they don't have them, the T12 will do fine. Shoudl be replaced every year (T12), they say every 3 years for T8. The T8 are an advancement, less mercury and I don't know what all.

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