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    I've come to the horrible realization after looking at my plants tonight that full spectrum flourescents suck. So now I need something that actually works. I have a 10 gallon aquarium in a 48" wide by 24" long by 8"deep free standing cabinet. (not sure how much of that is usable space) I could either go with installing lights on the dresser or getting a regular double fixture hood for the tank itself. Which would be better and what lights should I get. Affordable would be nice. I've heard a lot about HID. Would those be good in my situation or too much. How much energy do they take? WOuld my electric bill sky rocket? thanks a bunch. Shauntell

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    Hi Shauntell, I'm sorry I can't be of great help to you. I am using full spectrum "UV simulating" lights myself. They aren't even florescent, and my VFT's are doing awful. Don't worry though, someone will know what to tell you and you'll probably get a helpful response soon! Try not to lose hope...I know I am! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    i have been using life glo 24 inch flourescent for my 10 gallon aqaurium.they have done me justice with growing sundews and vft's.they are made by hagen.

    i highly recommend them...

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    Would I find those at a pet store in the aquarium dept? Also, should the lights be close to the tip of the plant, or at least 12 inches away? Gee..looks like I ended up getting tips from you! Actually, I'm quite sure a lot of the people here are already tired of me, and I've only joined just a week or so ago! I'm having a real hard time getting the hang of this CP thing, and I think I've asked the same question more than a few times because of a desire for re-enforcement I suppose.
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    most pet stores should carry them,i got a hood that has a glass cover that is over the light.so that way less heat and more light,i also have all 3 sides of my terrarium covered in reynolds wrap to focus all the light my 15 watt life glo bulb gives off to the plants.right now i am growing just sundews and they are doing really well.there are different life glo bulbs from hagen but get the one that says its made for terrariums.it will cost considerably higher but it is the one of my favorites..plus i sealed my aquarium on the top with plastic wrap to keep the moisture and heat inside.and there the hood opens up i cut several small holes so they vent properly,i am working on getting a fan for ventiliation but the sundews are growing like weeds right now.so i am doing something right [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    i also had filled about 2 inches of perlite on the bottom of the terrarium that way it has great drainage.if you have any other questions please fire away i am here to help [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Ok, the light I got as I mentioned is a full-spectrum. I got it at a pet store in the isle that carries lights for snake and lizard tanks. It screws in to an aquarium lid, and I believe it was called "day-glo". It was right beside the ones that they have for "night-glo". Could this be the same bulb you use? It increases the temp. in my terrarium by about 5-10 degrees (a 5 gallon tank)
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    Oh, here it is! I found the box, it's not the same light. It's by "Exo Terra" and it's called a "Day Glo Neodymium Daylight Lamp" It sepcifies it's for desert and tropical environments and that it is broad spectrum and simulates natural behaviour "through UVA rays".
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    no the one i use is called life glo by hagen,its a 24 inch flourescent 15 watt bulb.

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