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Old 07-22-2010, 11:37 AM   #1
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Default Can I use regular fluorescent light bulb for my fish tank ?

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Which fluorescent light bulb can I use ? Can I buy one in Home Depot or Canadian Tire or I should buy in PetSmart or LFS. I have been told by LFS guys that the bulbs they sell is a special bulbs designed for planted fish tanks and the ones Home Depot sells is a regular ones and don't have a spectrum the planted fish tank needs. Is this true ?

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LOL dont listen to LFS, they usually don't know what they are talkin about unless you talk to mike or frank and people of that sort. Regular employees at the LFS are fairly ignorant. A 6500K bulb from home depot is the same as a 6500K bulb from the fish store, except it costs less at home depot (this is assuming same wattage, lumens etc)
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Yeah buy the 6500K from HD and save some money
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I have had better plant growth with the 5000k tubes and they have a higher CRI.
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Question - How much do the fluroescent bulbs cost at home depot?
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If you're looking for cheap T5's, Home Depot only has the regular ones. They don't say how many K they are. I'll be stopping in at Supreme Lighting in Markham, they sell 36" T5HO bulbs for about 8 bucks; will post when I know the K rating.
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Question - How much do the fluroescent bulbs cost at home depot?
Which ones are you looking at? You can find the price out by going to the Home Depot webpage and typing in various types of bulbs (i.e. T5, T8, etc) to get a feel for the pricing.
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If you're looking for cheap T5's, Home Depot only has the regular ones. They don't say how many K they are. I'll be stopping in at Supreme Lighting in Markham, they sell 36" T5HO bulbs for about 8 bucks; will post when I know the K rating.
interesting, let me know how that goes
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interesting, let me know how that goes
+1 would also love to know what K ratings they have for only $8
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If you're looking for cheap T5's, Home Depot only has the regular ones. They don't say how many K they are. I'll be stopping in at Supreme Lighting in Markham, they sell 36" T5HO bulbs for about 8 bucks; will post when I know the K rating.
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I got the home depot T5s, and it cost $10. The shine of the light looks weird too!!!
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