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lrmaya 10-05-2010 04:39 PM

Need help with lighting
Hey everyone, I recently decided to ditch the fake plants and put some real ones into my 55gal. From reading all the info in this section, I can see that I'm probably going to have to replace my Coralife Colormax F21-T5-8P bulb. Is it possible to just change out the bulb for something else? Or am I going to have to get a whole new fixture? Any suggestions on where I can get a good price on lighting that would work for me? Thanks for all the help! :-D

kitten_penang 10-06-2010 03:55 AM

corallife is fo coral and not really good for plants check the pins oor legs or what ever they call those things and see whether a philips daylight 6500k will fit in there.the light has to be a bright white light for the plants

redchigh 10-06-2010 10:04 AM

Coralife bulbs might be fine... From what I'm reading they are full-spectrum 6700k...

If you have a 2 bulb fixture, then keep one and put a 6500k t5 bulb into the fixture.

If you only have one slot, then it would come down to how long you're had the colormax bulb running... Over a year or two, then replace it with (any brand, GE, phillips, etc) a 6500k T5 tube.... They're just a few bucks at home improvement stores and wal-mart, and are usually called 'daylight'... Look for the 6500k though, and make sure they have the letters T5 on the package.

Also, I would reccomend you find a T5 NO bulb.. HO and VHO will be way too much light.

lrmaya 10-07-2010 08:17 PM

thanks for your responses kitten and red... my plants arent looking so great right now, so ill definitely look for some a new bulb!

kitten_penang 10-10-2010 02:00 AM

good luck in finding it soon. i bet the wallmart has it.

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