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Kaisa 01-09-2009 03:53 PM

Coralife Mini Compact Colormax Lamp 10 W- are these okay for plants in a 10 gallon?
 
Hi everyone

Ive just joined the forum here with hopes to get some help for a 10 gallon tank that I have that has a the screw in type bulb fixture.

It is currently sharing a hood with my other 10 gallon that has a 15W flourescent tube and both tanks plants are doing quite well but im getting tired of having to switch the hoods back and forth everyday so im hoping to get this tank its own lighting, but im having trouble finding any screw in type bulbs that say there good for plants.

Ive just found the Coralife Mini Compact Colormax Lamp 10 W and was wondering if these would be okay to keep my planted tank up. I would get 2 of them, one for each side for a total of 2wpg which would be good but is this the right kind of light that my plants would need?

Heres a link to the bulbs ive found if you need to take a look:

http://www.bigalsonline.ca/BigAlsCA/...olormaxlamp10w

Thanks in advanced,

Kaisa

onefish2fish 01-09-2009 04:19 PM

it doesnt give details on the bulbs besides it stating "good for freshwater"

idealy you want 6500-6700K full spectrum bulbs.

Cody 01-09-2009 05:22 PM

Agreed.

And I don't see where you get 2WPG with two lights and two tanks. Would you keep switching them over between the two tanks?

Kaisa 01-09-2009 05:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by onefish2fish (Post 162139)
it doesnt give details on the bulbs besides it stating "good for freshwater"

idealy you want 6500-6700K full spectrum bulbs.

ive looked all over the box and all it really says is "day light bulb" if that means anything. I guess i will have to wait and see how the plants are in a month or so.

Thanks

Kaisa 01-09-2009 05:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cody (Post 162153)
Agreed.

And I don't see where you get 2WPG with two lights and two tanks. Would you keep switching them over between the two tanks?


No.... sorry for your misunderstanding.

I've got two 10 gallon tanks and one flourescent 15W tube hood and one screw in type incandescent hood. Since the incandescent hood has lights in it right now that are no good for plants i was switching back and forth every day using just the flourescent hood so they each had 8 hours of flourescent light or so per day.

Now i bought 2 of these color max compact flourescent screw in bulbs for the incandescent hood at 10 watts each for a total of 20 watts over a 10 gallon = 2wpg.

So one tank will be keeping the 15w flourescent tube hood and one will have the new 2 10w screw ins- no more switching back and forth.

Cody 01-09-2009 06:02 PM

Ok, I see.

Forgot to actually answer your question about the bulbs... I have one over my planted 5G, and it works great with low-light plants. Two should be fine. However, they do emit a pinkish light and not a white light, so if you dont want that then you can probably pick up some flourescent screw-in bulbs at like Home Depot that are in the 6500k-6700k range (the spiral ones). Even 5500k works.


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