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Steve is right that you can get good lighting out of NO lamps. A 75 gallon tank is perfect for NO or T8 because the spread or coverage is so darn good. You might consider looking at Fullham Workhorse ballasts driving T8's. Of course you could mix T8's and CF from AH. I have been using a Ice Cap ballast with NO lamps over a 75 and get very good results.

That being said, there seems to be a certain glow or shimmer or brightness or something to the CF that NO and T8's don't deliver. Or are the CF I have seen just higher color temp lamps?

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