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Re: [APD] 10 Gal lighting question. - Could be What color is water in a white bucket :)

Rex Grigg wrote:
> Berne Kairunas wrote:
>> <Snip>
>> Hello all-
>>  I currently have 35w of regular flourescent lights over a glass 
>> canopy on my 10g.  The two fixtures are driving me crazy as they take 
>> up a lot of room and don't fit well.  Plants are doing great.
>>  I'd like to trade in these two strip lights for one and have been 
>> looking at compact flourescents.  I've been having a hard time finding 
>> lights suitable for freshwater that will also fit a 10g (20").  I've 
>> found two:  1) Current USA Satellite - 40w, with white lunar light and 
>> 2) Aqualight 28w.  I would have to switch out the bulbs on both of 
>> these because they come with actinic, but am limited on bulb 
>> replacement options because they are both square pin.
>>  I can go with either:
>>  a) 40w dual bulb - half 6700, half 10,000k or
>>  b) 28w 6700 coralife bulb
>>  I don't want a DIY setup.  Which would you choose and why?  Thanks 
>> for any input!
>> </snip>
>> I would probably suggest that you go with the 28w 6700 corallife bulb.  
>> I'm suggesting this fixture simply cuz a 20x2 current fixture is a LOT 
>> of light over a 10g tank.  There's nothing wrong with that ammount of 
>> light - it just can be tedious to balance things well so you dont have 
>> an algae paradise.  The 28w fixture will just give you more wiggle room.
>> If you do decide to go with the 40w fixture - by all means do get 
>> their 'Dual Daylight' bulbs (6700/10K combo)they give a nice visual 
>> appearence to me.
>> *places his $0.02 USD into the jar*
> Personally I would go to www.ahsupply.com and get a 20" finished 
> enclosure and a 36 watt kit.  Yeah I know it sounds like DIY but it's 
> not.  It's some assembly required.
I would recommend AH Supply also, although I believe you could retro a 
single 36watt PC into the standard strip light you already have.  Kim at 
AH is very good and helpful, email him and he will be able to answer 
your questions about what will work for you.

Good luck
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