would this work?

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

  1. featherblueWell Known MemberMember

    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. monkeypie102Well Known MemberMember

    You mean for plants or fish/inverts or the hood?

  3. featherblueWell Known MemberMember

    1. Work in aquarium enviroment
    2. Supply light needed for med/low light plants
    3. Not short and die every 2-3 months
  4. monkeypie102Well Known MemberMember

    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. jetajockeyFishlore VIPMember

    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. featherblueWell Known MemberMember

    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. monkeypie102Well Known MemberMember

    Oh yeah that puts you at about 3w/g I think it would work great :)
  8. monkeypie102Well Known MemberMember

    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. jetajockeyFishlore VIPMember

    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. featherblueWell Known MemberMember

    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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