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Re: T-8 ballasts
> Hmm... as I understood it, those were 3-foot bulbs, and I'm pretty sure
> they were 30-watt "traditional" tubes, not 25-watt tubes. Please check
> when you can, and post back to the list if they really are 25-watts.
> *Most* 3-foot tubes are T-8, but the "old" inefficient types. I've never
> understood why this is so, that 18" and 36" bulbs are often T-8 diameter,
> but 24" and 48" are T-12 diameter. Ah well.
> - erik
Perfecto-A-Lamp 3-foot, 30-watt tubes, are T-10 (!)
> Just got off the phone with Zoo Med, and they confirm that you are
> correct! All their aquarium tube sizes (18",24",36", and 48") are energy
> efficient T-8's. Tres cool! Wish I'd bid a little higher on some of
> them. The downside is that these are so new that not a lot of folks know
> about them. The other downside is that people are probably going to try
> them in their usual T12 fixtures. The ZooMed guy said "they'll just take
> a little longer to warm up" in that case.
> It sounds like at this time the products seem mostly available mail-order
> (the closest store in Seattle is Jones & Co. in Lynwood).
> - Erik
The Aquarium Center in Randallstown, MD, has them in stock.
- Ivo Busko