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ive had my seaclear 36" long 40G with the cheapy single 24" fluorescent tube fixture that comes with it for years.. but the tank was always in a sunny room so the plants never suffered. my goldfish tank is heavily planted and my goldfish are actually well behaved about not tearing them up. but ive moved the tank to another room so its time to think about buying a Nicer light fixture as the plants are beginning to suffer and i cant see the fish as well. i tried LEDs and it was a major waste of money. im thinking about a fixture that is at least the equivalent of 3 to 4 24" 20 watt fluorescent tubes, or maybe an actual 36" fixture since the tank is actually that long. ive looked at some 24" fixtures that hold 4 High Output fluorescent tubes, and some 24" fixtures that hold 2 of the compact fluorescent tubes (the ones that are 2 tubes stuck together with 4 pins in a row) i like the look of daylight mixed with actinic, or the 50/50 CFLs. my questions, i wonder if any one knows or has some experience with these different bulbs. compact fluorescent, regular and H.O. fluorescent tubes; What is Brighter? how do they compare to eachother? what lasts longest? most cost effective? heat problems? do plants thrive more with one or the other? thanks!
As I was walking out the door, I noticed some very weird little bulbs on my filter intakes. They were cloudy white but transparent, and about the size of a larger chickpea or hazelnut... Anyways, I was wondering what these could be? There is no way that La, Vonnegut, or Rowling are old enough to produce eggs. Could it be a bugs eggs or something? I don't have a picture yet but I will when I get back home. I'm at the library :3 I have no idea what could be in the water. I do know I am going to do a 100% water change tonight. Those things were creepy and gross....