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Old 04-19-2012, 09:36 AM   #21
 
How about a 4 bulb by 18 watt, so a total of 72 watts. I found a deal on ebay at auction so if it doesn't rise to 250 but stays under 100 I going to get it.
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:28 PM   #22
 
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How about a 4 bulb by 18 watt, so a total of 72 watts. I found a deal on ebay at auction so if it doesn't rise to 250 but stays under 100 I going to get it.
i personally wouldn't recommend a 18" t5 fixture as the bulb selections are very limited! there is only 2 colors to choose from whereas if you go 24" you have many times more options.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:27 PM   #23
 
A 20'' fixture takes 18'' bulbs right, and if so I see daylight bulbs for 5 bucks at home depot that would work.
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:20 AM   #24
 
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unfortunatly the bulbs you are looking at are most likely the wrong kelvin and grow more algae than corals.try to go 10,000 kelvin or higher depending on the look desired.
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:18 PM   #25
 
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A 20'' fixture takes 18'' bulbs right, and if so I see daylight bulbs for 5 bucks at home depot that would work.
trust me you don't want home depot bulbs! the is a huge difference between HD bulbs and aquarium bulbs. spectrum is extreemely important when growing corals on a reef and keeping algae to a minimum. HD bulbs are for plants. if you go HD bulbs be prepared to have a algae tank! go to any local fish store and ask them about spectrum bulbs, i think you'll be more happy in the 14k range where HD bulbs are in the 3k to 6k range that encourages algae growth. please do research on bulbs, spectrum and quantity of light before buying a fixture you'll hate and have all kinds of problems.
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:31 PM   #26
 
Okay thanks for the help guys
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