Best tubes for a 60cm

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    Hi all.

    I have recently acquired a 2nd hand Odyssea 2 X 24W light unit for my 60CM.
    It currently has 1 Sylvania Grolux tube and 1 Sylvania Aquastar 10000K tube, both of which are about 6 months old.
    Would these tubes be fine to start with for a noob? I will not be using CO2 injection yet, but will probably be using Excel.
    If not appropriate, any suggestions?

    TIA
     
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    I would say keep the grolux and chuck the 10 000k tube. get a 6500k tube in it's place.
     
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    thats a mix ive used with good sucess :) i'd leave it. some of my tubes are well over a year old and still doing well :)

    10 000k are actually one of my favorite cos they so bright!
     
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    Still one of my favourite combos, those two lamps complement one another well.
     
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    Cool.

    If that is what the experts suggest, then I will stick with them.

    Thank you for all the input.

    :headbang:
     
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    With 48 W over your tank you are adding a LOT of light, well above 200 W/m2. Unless you switch to CO2 you will have algae trouble. Excel is all very nice but it doesn't seem to do anything against a thriving infection of hair algae or green water. You are better off saving your money and not buying the excel but get the CO2 going ASAP.
     
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    i find this WAY too pink..
     
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    I also find this very pink, but if it is the best combination for the plants, then I am prepared to live with it ....
    Or is there something else I should be looking at?
     
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    I use a 8000k and 6500k bulbs, but a any combination of or Growlux, 6500k, 8000k or 10000k would work, it comes down to personal preference of the colour you get, and want to achieve
     

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