T12 bulbs

  1. Steve106

    Steve106 Valued Member Member

    Anyone ever try using T12 bulbs on a planted tank? I was just wondering cause i have tons of these ballasts in my garage and would love to know if I could do a planted tank with them to save a bunch of money.
     
  2. Dlondon95

    Dlondon95 Well Known Member Member

    I have a really old t12 aquarium fixture on my 75g along with a t8 fixture. Ever since i added the t12, I've noticed substantial growth in the plants. I would say yes, use the ballasts if you have them!
     
  3. toosie

    toosie Well Known Member Member

    T12 bulbs used to be the common lighting method for planted tanks. The watt per gallon rule is based on this type of bulb. Some of the reasons they aren't one of the more preferred bulbs for planted tanks any more is;

    1. Higher energy usage
    2. Larger unit makes fitting multiple bulbs on the tank difficult
    3. Light intensity doesn't penetrate to the bottom of taller tanks as well as other options
    4. They tend to run hotter than other options and can contribute to temperature fluctuations.
     
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    Steve106

    Steve106 Valued Member Member

    Thanks so much for the input guys! I will most certainly upgrade at one point, im just glad these are good enough for now and I can get it up and running.
     
  5. toosie

    toosie Well Known Member Member

    Have fun!!

    Just remember, for a planted tank more lighting can mean more fertilizers will become necessary and possibly even CO2 supplimentation.
     
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    Steve106

    Steve106 Valued Member Member

    yup! Im researching and planning it through before i start it.
     
  7. sirdarksol

    sirdarksol Fishlore Legend Member

    The standard plant tubes from your local hardware store will work well for a planted tank. They're a whole bunch cheaper than the plant tubes from the pet store, and I haven't noticed any appreciable difference.