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post #1 of 12 Old 09-25-2011, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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I picked up this shop light at Princess Auto for$ 49.00 Pets mart has 6500k lights t5s 48 in on for$25.00 dollars I am going to add 4 and I should have have decent light for my 100 gal to grow low light plants.Iam going to try to fit it into my canopy will keep you updated.Does anyone think I should add a fan my lights are on 6 hrs at night
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post #2 of 12 Old 09-25-2011, 01:08 PM
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Why do you have your lights on at night?
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post #3 of 12 Old 09-25-2011, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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Why do you have your lights on at night?

I dont need them on in the day most of my tanks are planted so my lights are on timmers they come on at 6.00pm and go off at midnight this way I to not get much algae. Also I have 14 tanks so I like to sit in there and read or tinker around at night.
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post #4 of 12 Old 09-25-2011, 02:21 PM
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Interested in hearing how the shop light works for your tank. I have been thinking about eventually updating the fixture on my 50 gallon. Right now has two 24" fixtures on it, so looking at some different possible options.
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post #5 of 12 Old 09-25-2011, 02:37 PM
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i have 2-2 tube 4 ft shop lights on top of my 55g and my plants do just fine ;)

they sit on the glass tops

only complaint i have is actually getting into the tank is kind of a pain.
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post #6 of 12 Old 09-25-2011, 03:37 PM
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im not sure if t5s will work in shop lights, they may need t8s or possibly t12s. if you have the box or book i suggest reading what it can accept.

otherwise post result pictures! take a photo of your tank when the lights are just put on and another a month or two from now. youll notice your plant growth.
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im not sure if t5s will work in shop lights, they may need t8s or possibly t12s. if you have the box or book i suggest reading what it can accept.

otherwise post result pictures! take a photo of your tank when the lights are just put on and another a month or two from now. youll notice your plant growth.
The lights that came with it are t5s just not the kind for plants .
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post #8 of 12 Old 09-25-2011, 04:16 PM
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right on!
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post #9 of 12 Old 09-25-2011, 06:29 PM
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My shop lights are t8
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post #10 of 12 Old 09-25-2011, 07:32 PM
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take a look for tube lights at the hardware store that are 6500k, save you some cash from buying the specialty bulbs from pet stores.
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