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Posted by Homer1 on April 25, 2003 at 08:43:25:
In Reply to: 8 watts?? posted by Randy27 on April 25, 2003 at 00:49:47:
Nice snag. I, too, used to have a tank like that with probably the same hood. It was a pain in the rear to find bulbs for (I lived in rural Indiana, and there was no Internet at the time). I also couldn't get anything but java moss to grow in the terrarium because the light was so weak, but is was a neat little tank for small killifish.
You might want to try retrofitting the hood for some 13 watt compact fluorescents. Two in your hood will put out quite a bit of light. http://www.konza.ksu.edu/~blbrock/ has a nice DIY section on how to do that, and gives links on where to buy the supplies CHEAP. I bought a bunch of these lights at Wal-Mart on clearance for $1, and plan on doing this soon.
:I just got a nice 10 gallon hexagon aquarium in superb condition with a stand and light fixture for $10 at a garage sale. But the bulb is a whopping 8 watts! It's a 12", and I couldn't find any bulbs small enough for it that had a higher wattage. Are there any bulbs out there that are 12" and higher than 8 watts?