would this work?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by featherblue, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. f

    featherblue Well Known Member Member

    Ive now enclosed or lidded all my tanks with plant lights. I was considering this as a less expensive bulb option
     

    Would it work? Its only 3 w more than I'm running, correctt k range......would the lidsvprotect it enough to be safe?
     
  2. monkeypie102

    monkeypie102 Well Known Member Member

    You mean for plants or fish/inverts or the hood?
     
  3. OP
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    f

    featherblue Well Known Member Member

    1. Work in aquarium enviroment
    2. Supply light needed for med/low light plants
    3. Not short and die every 2-3 months
     
  4. monkeypie102

    monkeypie102 Well Known Member Member

    Ahh well my brother has used something like that in one of his old setups... took about 8 months to burn out... I am using one now for my 2g and the Xmas moss seems to benifit from it, but it hasn't been on very long...

    But i would wait on more experianced members to answer on this...
     
  5. jetajockey

    jetajockey Fishlore VIP Member

    Yes daylight cfls work good for planted tanks. On 20g's and up they are pretty much low-medium light, but still not bad. If it gets water splashed up on it , it might short out or something, but normally they are fine and last for quite a while.
     
  6. OP
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    featherblue Well Known Member Member

    Its my 2 10g shrimp tanks, and each gets a pair of bulbs......I cant keep justifying the $12 aquarium bulbs. These seem really close spec wise, and it would save some money ($8 for 4, vs $40+)
     
  7. monkeypie102

    monkeypie102 Well Known Member Member

    Oh yeah that puts you at about 3w/g I think it would work great :)
     
  8. monkeypie102

    monkeypie102 Well Known Member Member

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    Is that what yours looks like? If so then yes the bulbs will work :) this was the too my bro used then gave to me when he upgraded to bigger tanks and i stayed small :)
     
  9. jetajockey

    jetajockey Fishlore VIP Member

    I really don't like to throw around WPG since it's really hit and miss but I know for sure that 2 cfls over a 10g is a good amount of light, possibly too much depending, so if you start having algae issues you'll know the culprit.
     
  10. OP
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    featherblue Well Known Member Member

    I'm running 2 aquarium 10w now. Another burned out, fixed the lid where water vwas getting thru, now trying to cut replacement cost ( and up grade second tank from incandescent so I don't have to worry about hours of natural light a day)
     




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