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Welsh 11-06-2010 11:39 AM

Another Question about Lighting
OK. I'm finally getting around to buying my 6.5 gallon a hood, the trouble is it doesn't come with a starter and being a noob with the whole lighting thing I don't have a clue where to start. This is the hood.

I emailed the seller and this is the reply

Yes any starter would fit, but you need to select the right starter for the chosen tube, you need to select a tube approx 6inch (15cm) smaller the the hood, so a 18x10 hood, should have a 12in tube or maybe a 15 inch tube, so you need a either an 8 wt starter for the 12 inch tube or a 14/15w starter for the 15inch tube.

I'm still very, very confused as to what I need. I've tried looking on the net and have found starters that are small and then full on starter units :???:

I'm confused so was hoping someone who knows their stuff could possibly help me. Pictures or links of what I need would be greatly appreciated :smile:

Thanks :smile:

zof 11-06-2010 11:54 AM

Seems a bit expensive to not even come with a ballast, have you looked around locally for something?

Welsh 11-06-2010 12:58 PM

Yup, I've been looking for months and this is the only one that I've found. The shop where I got my tank from didn't even sell them, which is a little bit stupid lol.

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