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Thinking of reusing 55 gallon fixtures
Old 07-04-2012, 08:19 PM   #1
 
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Thinking of reusing 55 gallon fixtures

I want to plant my 10gal betta tank, but the fixture come with( the tanks older than me) doesn't work. A new 10gal non incandescent is too much, in my opinion. I've placed it on top and it's only a few inches over the sides. The however the bulb is directly over the tank. How much lighting would this give me? It's a 6500K T8.
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:59 AM   #2
 
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No idea without knowing the type of tube and length and watts.

A normal hood on a 10g (20-inch tank) with a fluorescent tube will be fine, and a normal hood with two incandescent (screw-in) sockets using 10w CFL Daylight bulbs will be fine. Lots of floating plants in both cases.
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Old 07-06-2012, 12:28 PM   #3
 
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No idea without knowing the type of tube and length and watts.

A normal hood on a 10g (20-inch tank) with a fluorescent tube will be fine, and a normal hood with two incandescent (screw-in) sockets using 10w CFL Daylight bulbs will be fine. Lots of floating plants in both cases.
It's a 17w T8 6500k daylight florescent tube. I think the strip might be 24in.

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Old 07-06-2012, 01:42 PM   #4
 
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It's a 17w T8 6500k daylight florescent tube. I think the strip might be 24in.
That may be double the light of the "normal" fluorescent T8 for a 10g. With good floating plant cover, and limiting duration, it might work.
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:50 PM   #5
 
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That may be double the light of the "normal" fluorescent T8 for a 10g. With good floating plant cover, and limiting duration, it might work.
Thank you! What lighting range would that be moderate, low?
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:55 PM   #6
 
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Thank you! What lighting range would that be moderate, low?
Probably at the high end of moderate, but these terms are so subjective; what's moderate to me will be low to some members. I would consider that on the high side, but then I use minimal light.
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Old 07-06-2012, 02:02 PM   #7
 
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Probably at the high end of moderate, but these terms are so subjective; what's moderate to me will be low to some members. I would consider that on the high side, but then I use minimal light.
Ok, thanks again.
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Old 07-06-2012, 02:12 PM   #8
 
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That's a 24" bulb (Might be labeled F17T8 on the bulb). An 18" bulb, which is 'normal' for a 10 gallon is 15W (F15T8).

So it will be a little brighter than normal, but not overly so.
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Old 07-06-2012, 02:27 PM   #9
 
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That's a 24" bulb (Might be labeled F17T8 on the bulb). An 18" bulb, which is 'normal' for a 10 gallon is 15W (F15T8).

So it will be a little brighter than normal, but not overly so.
Yes the bulb itself is 18in and the fixture is 17w.
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Old 07-06-2012, 03:05 PM   #10
 
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Yes the bulb itself is 18in and the fixture is 17w.
That's less of a difference as Geo said. It's been years since i had a fluorescent fixture over a 10g (now have CFL bulbs) and I was thinking the tube was 12-inch, so thanks Geo for mentioning this.
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