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post #11 of 16 Old 03-02-2012, 03:29 PM
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Most new fixtures that take T12 (at least the ones I've seen at wal-mart) take T12 and T8's I think. They're about $10-$15.

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post #12 of 16 Old 03-02-2012, 06:34 PM
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You probably want to stay away from the T12's. I hear that they are being fazed out and that the current inventory is all that will be sold.
Highly doubtful, too many organizations still use them mainly because they are lazy and don't think of long term energy savings, I know where I work we buy T-12s by the pallet and as long as their is money to be made the bulbs will still be made, it would take an act of congress to get people to stop using T-12. Its probably going to be 10-20 years before you see a phase out of T-12 bulbs.
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post #13 of 16 Old 03-02-2012, 06:51 PM
I'm thinkin if the fixture has an acrylic cover, it would work just fine in a canopy even w/o the acrylic you just made. Just needs marine varnish on the inside of the canopy.

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Yes....It's the type of varnish used to treat exposed wood on BOATS - it holds up and protects the wood under harsh marine conditions.

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post #16 of 16 Old 04-14-2012, 07:32 PM
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You can use a normal shop light to light the tank and grow plants. I use it now with one tank. Its a basic 2 bulb setup with 2x T8 daylight bulbs. Color temp is 6500K per bulb and 32w each. Its on a 72 gallon bow front. I currently have 3 plants in the tank, and they seem to be doing well.

Also, what is said about being careful about the exposed bulbs is right. Make sure no water can it it, I got mine sitting up about 2 to 3 inches above the covers.
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