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Discussion in 'General Equipment discussion' started by Laure, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. Laure

    Laure Cyano Terminator

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    Hi

    After a number of posts regarding cheaper options I thought I would quickly list the possibilities. While it is true that specialist plant grow bulbs will more than likely yield better results, you can buy these and save some cash. They are available from any lighting retailer.

    Philips aquarelle (only T8 imported to SA)
    Osram fluora (only T8 imported to SA)
    Sylvania 865 "daylight"
    Sylvania growlux
    Osram skywhite
    General Electric 9325

    Combinations are good. Try and combine a daylight tube with a pink plant tube such as the fluora or the growlux.

    For those more technically minded, here are some links to some nice articles:

    http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2005/8/aafeature/view?searchterm=None#

    http://www.defblog.se/permalink/1402.html

    Use a translator for this link http://amania.110mb.com/Chapters/Tech/light-par.html
     
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  3. neilh

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    Osram have a daylight T8 tube, shouldn't be more than 30-40 bucks a tube
     
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    would that be 6500K (865) ?

    wattage?
     
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    Yip 865, 30W. Got for around 25 bucks a tube a year ago
     
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    tx!
     
  7. Linga

    Linga Aquarist or Gardener ?

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    great stuff Laure, the osram skywhite is an excellent bulb, dont have one myself but i have read reviews etc comparing them to proper aquarium bulbs that cost around 300 bucks
     
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    Laure

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    I have used the Skywhite T8 and when I upgraded to T5 I could not source the Skywhite. So I went with 6500K Sylvania tubes and I can't notice any difference in colour appearance and the plants seem quite fine too.
     
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    For the okes in CPT, go to Starlight in Durham Ave Salt River. T8's in 6500K(Osram daylight) 30W and the pink aquarium tubes (lohuis) also 3ft 30W both under 30 bucks each.
     
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    Does anyone know where i can get a moonlight blue 900mm tube from, also any other colour suggestions besides white. thanx

    sorry, im in randburg, sundowner
     
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    Lamphouse.
     
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    Thanks slagter, do you know where they situated.
     
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    Txs Boebie
    I 'm looking for quite some time for the Osram and even the wholeseller here could not get them
     
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    Lamphouse in Milnerton

    80 bucks a sylvinia
    60 Bucks an Osram (daylight 10K, WARNING, Algae friendly)


    Next to trade centre in Woodbridge park
     
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    Laure

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    I am currently using Sylvania 865 (6500K) T5 54W bulbs and I am very happy with them. I have 6 of those on a 105 gallon tank and when I have some extra cash I will replace 3 with Sylvania Grow Lux bulbs.

    I get my bulbs from Electro Quip in Newton Park for the PE folk who my be interested. R50 each. Techtronic dual 54W ballasts for R180 or Osram dual 54W ballasts for R250.
     

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