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    Ok, I'm exploring this issue in another forum, and a second opinion may be helpful! My tank is a 5 1/2 gallon. It can't fit a 12 inch bulb, and I can't find 6 inch bulbs. I'm also not sure how much "wattage" I need in a tank that size 15 watts, 25 watts, 40 watts... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    id suggest getting you a 10 gallon tank,they are super cheap i got mine for $7.50 at my local pet shop.its well worth it for the space...

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    The tank I bought was $12.99. I don't think 10 gallon is much more than that, but I've already invested too much money in this hobby and I think I might wait before I spend more! However, if I can find a 12 inch florescent tube, I measured the top of my tank and it probably would fit. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    Lighting is critical if the plants are not getting any supplimental natural light as you have noticed. Not quite sure what that bulb is your using CN. Sounds like it is one of them long thin screw in incandescents

    What I would suggest is getting a simple cool white compact fluorescent bulb that screws into a normal light bulb socket. That and an inexpensive clip on polished aluminum reflector or a desk lamp type gizmo with reflector. That way you can get the light right up against the terrarium, as fluoresent lights need to be pretty close to the plants to be effective. You could also try a single or double 24" long fluorescent fixture right over the tank. Yes it is long but if you have the room the excess hanging over the edges wont hurt. It is hard to overlight plants using normal fluorescent bulbs. They just don't have the intensity.
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    i have 2 windows in my room where my terrarium is,so it gets some natural light too.but those life glo bulbs really put out alot of light and my sundews are doing well with this type of bulb [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Quote (Tony Paroubek @ Aug. 22 2002,11[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img]1)
    Not quite sure what that bulb is your using CN. Sounds like it is one of them long thin screw in incandescents

    What I would suggest is getting a simple cool white compact fluorescent bulb that screws into a normal light bulb socket. [/QUOTE]
    Yes, it is a screw in bulb. So is there florescents that will screw in to the same fixture (the fixture in the top of most common aquarium lids)? Also, I'm still slightly confused about which florescent is better...cool or warm glo? My husband says warm glo is the one that most naturally simulates sunlight. So I'm thinking about picking up a single 40 watt warm glo florescent tube (for a 5 1/2 gallon tank) and setting it just inside the side of my tank using a 12 inch shop light fixture based on all the reading I've been doing here. Does this sound like a workable idea? Just inside the tank the light would sit about 6-7 inches from the plants, and even less when and if they stop wilting.... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]
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    Thanks CPSINC, I have no idea where I can find those bulbs...I think I am coming to the conclusion that I've been trying too hard, and maybe I'll just do what I mentioned above, and leave them alone after that! Up to this point they have been handled and transplanted to no end, I think they hate me now! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
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    wow you can get the life glo bulbs online cheaper than in stores,here is the link.http://www.petco.com/search/mercado_...entry=life+glo




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