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    Lightbulb what light and where to get it?

    Can someone point me to a website with a good florescent light at an affordable price for a 10-gallon terra. My lights that I have now keep burning out the bulbs, so I'm gonna just go get a new one.
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    For a 10 gallon I'd probably just get one of those exo terra lights that hold two screw in compact FL. You can get them at petsmart and right now they have all that stuff on Pet Perks sale so it's cheap for the holidays.

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    Cool. there's a petsmart and a petco near me. I'll check it out.
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    I got one at a hardware store. It uses 13 watts and gives out 880 Lumens. Is that a good light?
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    I dunno, 13 watts is pretty minimal. My desk lamps CFL puts out more light than that. I usually try to get as much light to the plants as I can. I was thinking that the Exo Terra fixture that holds two 26 watt daylight twisty bulbs would be a passable system for a 10 gallon.

    Over my 37 gallon sliding front vivarium I am going to be using a 125 W horticultural CFL - the bulb is a gigantic 13" long twisty! lol

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    For a 10 gal, I'd probably go for the coil type compact flourescents rated at 6500K. I get them at the local "Farm and Fleet." Anything bigger than a 10 gal and I'd start thinking T5's or MH's, but that's just me.

    Over my 50 gal, I have two 140W CFs with 2 MH's, for a total of 855 watts.

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    "Sweet Yowza Mcgowza!" (dig that Hermes) how do you keep the temps respectable?

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    Get rid of the aquarium, buy a 4 ft long shoplight from Home Depot with the highest Color Index rating. You'll have more space for plants then.

    Fixture - $10? at most.
    Tubes - $8-9? at most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    "Sweet Yowza Mcgowza!" (dig that Hermes) how do you keep the temps respectable?
    I keep the lights at a respectable distance from the plants, and I don't have a sealed tank. If I keep the lights 24" from the top of the soil and at least 8" from the tips of the plants, I don't have any problems. The temp remains about 75 degrees. The only time I ever have a problem with heat is when the old lady who lives below us falls asleep and forgets to turn down her heat, and we come home to an apartment that is a sweltering 115 degrees.


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    Get rid of the aquarium, buy a 4 ft long shoplight from Home Depot with the highest Color Index rating. You'll have more space for plants then.
    There are other good reasons to have a terrarium besides maintaining humidity for the plants. (1) If you have allergies to pollen or want to keep the humidity contained, it can be a good idea. Many allergy sufferers do better when the humidity is lower but still want plants around. (2) If you want to keep your plants separate from pets. I have a pet rabbit, and many of the plants I grow are toxic to bunnies. A terrarium keeps both plants and pets safe.

    I myself have a 50 gal terrarium, specifically for these reasons.

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