02-11-2012, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by terrycherry
Yes, I jumped ahead and bought the fixture. Its a T5 He. LFS told me that the TE is not as strong, bright. So I should replace the Actinic since its for Marine, with the full spectrum T5 6500? They had replacement bulbs. The blue LEDS go off with my timer for overnite. And yes, you have been a tremendous help!
Before getting into possible tubes, if this is fairly new, can you return it? Either in exchange or for credit? I bought a T5 fixture for my tank a year ago, and used it for a week and found it too bright so I took it back and bought a T8 (which was considerably cheaper too, as are the tubes). If a store wants your return business, they should manage this.