Can I use compact Fluorescent Bulbs?

Discussion in 'Reef Fishes' started by BigHaig, Oct 8, 2003.

  1. BigHaig

    BigHaig Guest

    BigHaig, Oct 8, 2003
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  2. you can use them but they more then likely are of a red spectrum of light
    coloration (warm white) and will cause unwanted algae growth. im not sure
    what LRWF is.........maybe FOWLR (fish only with live rock)???????????

    shrooms will live under pretty much any light and thrive IME. i frag them
    in the sump/fuge of my 180 with just standerd "twister" screw in flourscent
    lights at 32w.
    hth
    kc

    "BigHaig" <haigb@xxx.com> wrote in message
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    > Can I use compact Fluorescent Bulbs?
    > Can I use the below kind of Compact fluorescent bulbs for a mini-reef
    > (mostly LRWF and some easy corals like Mushrooms). It is a ton cheaper to
    > buy these bulbs and create a hood with say 6 of them, than to buy an
    > aquarium made hood.
    >
    > http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDU...compact light
    >
    >
    > http://www.homedepot.com/cmc_upload...us/313968_2.jpg
    >
    > Product Description
    > Warm White. Replaces 100W Incandescent Bulb. 1,750 Lumens. 10,000 Average
    > Hour Life. Mfg #18927.
    >
    >
     
    Dragon Slayer, Oct 8, 2003
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  3. Your links don't work, but this is the one I use over my refugium. How mini is
    your mini reef? It might take 4 of them to do a small tank justice, imho.

    http://www.melevsreef.com/pics/6500Kspiralbulb.jpg

    These cost $7 each, btw. They are the "daylight" bulb.

    Marc


    BigHaig wrote:

    > Can I use compact Fluorescent Bulbs?
    > Can I use the below kind of Compact fluorescent bulbs for a mini-reef
    > (mostly LRWF and some easy corals like Mushrooms). It is a ton cheaper to
    > buy these bulbs and create a hood with say 6 of them, than to buy an
    > aquarium made hood.
    >
    > http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDU...compact light
    >
    > http://www.homedepot.com/cmc_upload...us/313968_2.jpg
    >
    > Product Description
    > Warm White. Replaces 100W Incandescent Bulb. 1,750 Lumens. 10,000 Average
    > Hour Life. Mfg #18927.


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    Marc Levenson, Oct 8, 2003
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  4. BigHaig

    BigHaig Guest

    Thanks Marc. I love your site. My mini reef will be around 40G. I guess
    I thought mini-reef meant not a true reef. Like I said its mostly FOWLR and
    some shrooms. Making a hood based on your DIY six of these. Could that
    work?


    "Marc Levenson" <melev@swbell.net> wrote in message
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    > Your links don't work, but this is the one I use over my refugium. How

    mini is
    > your mini reef? It might take 4 of them to do a small tank justice, imho.
    >
    > http://www.melevsreef.com/pics/6500Kspiralbulb.jpg
    >
    > These cost $7 each, btw. They are the "daylight" bulb.
    >
    > Marc
    >
    >
    > BigHaig wrote:
    >
    > > Can I use compact Fluorescent Bulbs?
    > > Can I use the below kind of Compact fluorescent bulbs for a mini-reef
    > > (mostly LRWF and some easy corals like Mushrooms). It is a ton cheaper

    to
    > > buy these bulbs and create a hood with say 6 of them, than to buy an
    > > aquarium made hood.
    > >
    > > http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDU...compact light
    > >
    > > http://www.homedepot.com/cmc_upload...us/313968_2.jpg
    > >
    > > Product Description
    > > Warm White. Replaces 100W Incandescent Bulb. 1,750 Lumens. 10,000

    Average
    > > Hour Life. Mfg #18927.

    >
    > --
    > Personal Page: http://www.sparklingfloorservice.com/oanda/index.html
    > Business Page: http://www.sparklingfloorservice.com
    > Marine Hobbyist: http://www.melevsreef.com
    >
    >
     
    BigHaig, Oct 8, 2003
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  5. When it comes to a FO tank you can go easier on the lighting
    requirements. After all fish don't photosynthesize. And as long as you are
    not growing unwanted algae you should be okay.
    As far as the shrooms go, they should be okay. Mushrooms are tough to kill,
    they require very little (to no) care.
    If you ever think you might want to turn your tank into a reef one day -
    spend the money on a good lighting system now to avoid making a second
    lighting purchase later. Something to consider.
    Steve

    "BigHaig" <haigb@xxx.com> wrote in message
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    > Thanks Marc. I love your site. My mini reef will be around 40G. I

    guess
    > I thought mini-reef meant not a true reef. Like I said its mostly FOWLR

    and
    > some shrooms. Making a hood based on your DIY six of these. Could that
    > work?
    >
    >
    > "Marc Levenson" <melev@swbell.net> wrote in message
    > news:3F838306.2DDFD6B9@swbell.net...
    > > Your links don't work, but this is the one I use over my refugium. How

    > mini is
    > > your mini reef? It might take 4 of them to do a small tank justice,

    imho.
    > >
    > > http://www.melevsreef.com/pics/6500Kspiralbulb.jpg
    > >
    > > These cost $7 each, btw. They are the "daylight" bulb.
    > >
    > > Marc
    > >
    > >
    > > BigHaig wrote:
    > >
    > > > Can I use compact Fluorescent Bulbs?
    > > > Can I use the below kind of Compact fluorescent bulbs for a mini-reef
    > > > (mostly LRWF and some easy corals like Mushrooms). It is a ton cheaper

    > to
    > > > buy these bulbs and create a hood with say 6 of them, than to buy an
    > > > aquarium made hood.
    > > >
    > > > http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDU...compact light
    > > >
    > > > http://www.homedepot.com/cmc_upload...us/313968_2.jpg
    > > >
    > > > Product Description
    > > > Warm White. Replaces 100W Incandescent Bulb. 1,750 Lumens. 10,000

    > Average
    > > > Hour Life. Mfg #18927.

    > >
    > > --
    > > Personal Page: http://www.sparklingfloorservice.com/oanda/index.html
    > > Business Page: http://www.sparklingfloorservice.com
    > > Marine Hobbyist: http://www.melevsreef.com
    > >
    > >

    >
    >
     
    Steve \Srfmon\, Oct 8, 2003
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  6. If you told me it was for a 7g nano reef, I'd say yes. A 40g??? Hmmmm..

    Why don't you try it out and let us know how that works for you? I'd say that
    all your light will be at the top of the tank with those, and that the intensity
    (PAR) will be quickly diminished within a few inches. The base of your tank
    will look okay to you, but I bet corals will really stretch to get some light.
    (mushrooms and zoanthids).

    Marc


    BigHaig wrote:

    > Thanks Marc. I love your site. My mini reef will be around 40G. I guess
    > I thought mini-reef meant not a true reef. Like I said its mostly FOWLR and
    > some shrooms. Making a hood based on your DIY six of these. Could that
    > work?
    >
    > "Marc Levenson" <melev@swbell.net> wrote in message
    > news:3F838306.2DDFD6B9@swbell.net...
    > > Your links don't work, but this is the one I use over my refugium. How

    > mini is
    > > your mini reef? It might take 4 of them to do a small tank justice, imho.
    > >
    > > http://www.melevsreef.com/pics/6500Kspiralbulb.jpg
    > >
    > > These cost $7 each, btw. They are the "daylight" bulb.
    > >
    > > Marc
    > >
    > >
    > > BigHaig wrote:
    > >
    > > > Can I use compact Fluorescent Bulbs?
    > > > Can I use the below kind of Compact fluorescent bulbs for a mini-reef
    > > > (mostly LRWF and some easy corals like Mushrooms). It is a ton cheaper

    > to
    > > > buy these bulbs and create a hood with say 6 of them, than to buy an
    > > > aquarium made hood.
    > > >
    > > > http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDU...compact light
    > > >
    > > > http://www.homedepot.com/cmc_upload...us/313968_2.jpg
    > > >
    > > > Product Description
    > > > Warm White. Replaces 100W Incandescent Bulb. 1,750 Lumens. 10,000

    > Average
    > > > Hour Life. Mfg #18927.

    > >
    > > --
    > > Personal Page: http://www.sparklingfloorservice.com/oanda/index.html
    > > Business Page: http://www.sparklingfloorservice.com
    > > Marine Hobbyist: http://www.melevsreef.com
    > >
    > >


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    Marc Levenson, Oct 8, 2003
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