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    So I've been using two 15 watt flourescent tubes (825 lumens each) to light my terrarium for the past few weeks, They've been working great so far, but I decided that I needed more light yesterday so I bought two 19 watt compact flourescents (equivalent to 75 watts each-1100 lumens each). I tried using all the lights at the same time, tubes and new bulbs, and the heat in my terrarium was just too much, even with my fan blowing over it. So what should I do? Ditch the tubes and just use my two new CFs? Or keep the tubes and maybe just use one of the CFs or something. Help!

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    i dont think your supposed to use 19 watt tubes on a ballast designed to use 15 watt tubes.

    how hot is too hot and how big is your terrarium?

    everyone should use an electronic ballast.

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    Well the compact flourescents are in their own desk lamp fixtures, like incandescent ones. The tubes are in tube fixtures. And too hot would be going from 80 degrees normally to about 87 degrees.

    My terrarium is a 5 gallon.

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    i'd get a real setup instead of a desklamp.

    87 is fine for lowlanders. my daytemp is about 85 in the summer.

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    And what would be considered a "real setup"? I only have a 5 gallon terrarium, I don't want to go buying some elaborate setup [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]

    And I'm growing sundews and a venus flytrap. Would that be considered lowlander?

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    i meant a real hood that holds lights.

    your Drosera and Dionaea can go outside in the sunshine and will do great especially since you live in California. then you'll have space for Nepenthes [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Well I have hoods to hold my tubes, just not my new CFs.

    And as far as them going outside, I want them inside where I can look at them all day long [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smilie4.gif[/img]

    I'm still not sure which lights I should get rid of [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img]

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    keep the 19 watts as long as it's safe.

    your plants need to be within inches of the tubes for good coloration.

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