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I would like to hear what type of lighting and which bulbs that everyone uses on their tanks. I think it would help newbies like me decide what type of lighting is appropriate for their tanks. All I have now is a ten gallon with incandescant, but the future looks brighter as I will soon be getting a 75.
 

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I pretty much stick to power compact these days. I'm a big fan of the AHS Bright kits. I use Phillips 5300 and 6400K bulbs.

I do still use plain old NO fluorescent on some tanks, though. I generally use GE Chroma 50 ("Sunshine") 5000K bulbs for these.
 

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Types of Lighting

Whatever is cheapest.

I have two 175 W MH pendants on my 125 gallon, supplemented with one $4 100 W halogen bulb I got at the supermarket and have in an old photoflood fixture. To keep costs down I use the $22 MH bulbs from Home Depot. The color is a little yellow, but then I never did see any consistency in the color of the more expensive daylight MH bulbs. It seems they have to dab a filter coating on part of the bulb itself. This seems to be a hit or miss procedure. I'd love to pick up a used 175W Hamilton pendant if it was cheap enough. See it at:

http://users.ev1.net/~spituch/Steve's Page/Aquarium/125gal_biotope/125gal_biotope.html

On my 75 gallon tank I have six 40W 48 inch fluorescent tubes in a hanging box. The 6500 degK bulbs are about $6.50 a pair at Home Depot. The color is quite nice. Total cost was about $125. Thats about fifty cents per Watt which is I think about as cheap as you can get. You can see it at:
http://users.ev1.net/~spituch/Steve's Page/Aquarium/hardware/lights/lights.html

I still like the fancy fluorescent setups like AHS sells with the nice reflectors and such. Maybe someday I'll convert to them.

Steve Pituch
 
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