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    Will CF bulbs fit into a normal 40 watt T12 fixture?

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    nope

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    i researched some for you, and if i had 250 bucks this is what i would get.

    http://homeharvest.com/teklighthigho...uorescents.htm

    second product on the page. it's not CF but it is HO.

    the third product holds six tubes, which is even better, but it's 324 bucks.

    8 tube is 400.

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    Here's the lighting setup for my terraria:

    55 gal: 2 4' fixtures (each holds 2 40W tubes) = 160W
    30gal: 2 3' fixtures (each holds 2 30W tubes) = 120W
    20gal: 2 2' fixtures (each holds 2 20W tubes) = 80W
    10gal: 2 fixtures (each holds 1 23W compact) = 46W

    Tubes require different fixtures from compacts. Both types can be found at Home depot or Lowes. Compact fixtures are commonly called workbench clamp on fixtures and sell from $5-10. Tube fixtures sell for $10 (4') or $25 (2' and 3').

    Most of my CPs have done very well with this setup, but if you want REALLY good color (especially with VFTs) you may want to go with HO or VHO--but watchout for overheating.

    You can buy regular fixtures and tubes and "overdrive" them into HO (which reduces their lifetime). I've never done this, but JLAP has, so he's the guy to go to if you're contemplating this.
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    Hey Chloroplast, what kind of compact flourescents do you use on your 10 gallon?

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    Okay, the final plan for the frame is set and the tank will actually only end up being 2'4" deep. Will 6 regular fluorescents penetrate that?

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    i'd still get a VHO ballast and overdrive NO tubes.

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    Okay, that TekLights place seems to be the place to get HO fixtures. I might as well get the HO tubes they sell as well then. Have you found any advantages to overdriving tubes? Where did you get your 440 watt VHO setup? Thanks.

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