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flappyfish
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Favorite Fish: : really getting interested in corals. Pretty fond of Ricordea mushrooms... so many colors and a very forgiving coral.



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PostSubject: T-5 Lighing   T-5 Lighing Icon_minitime1/20/2011, 12:28 am

I am looking for feedback and info on good, inexpensive T-5 lighting. I am looking for a fixture that is 24" and has 4 T-5 lights (2-10k, 2- actinic). It's for a 20g tank.
i am seeing prices from around $180 to $300. I like the idea of the LED lights at night, but i have only seen a couple that offer that. The local Fish stores were well over $200 and went up to $270.
Any good reviews?
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Location : Virginia Beach
Favorite Fish: : Blue Acaras...first fish I ever breed still have a soft spot for them

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PostSubject: Re: T-5 Lighing   T-5 Lighing Icon_minitime1/20/2011, 12:34 am

check out Craigs list...I know you all said there is not a good CL market there in NV check areas around you that are close enough to drive....I just picked up a corallife 4 T5 ho light for $25 with 210k and 2 atcinics and 6 replacement bulbs...granted that was a great deal but I usually see them for $50-100
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plantedtankdude
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Location : Plano, texas
Favorite Fish: : all of them along with mermaids and me I'm a Pisces.

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PostSubject: Re: T-5 Lighing   T-5 Lighing Icon_minitime1/20/2011, 12:35 am

ah supply,cadalina aquariums, or fishneedit.com is good

http://fishneedit.com/new-light.html

you can get a 4 bulb filter for $99.99 and it will come with bulbs. and you can pick 2 whites and two blues.
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flappyfish
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Posts : 61
Location : Henderson/Las Vegas, NV
Favorite Fish: : really getting interested in corals. Pretty fond of Ricordea mushrooms... so many colors and a very forgiving coral.



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PostSubject: Re: T-5 Lighing   T-5 Lighing Icon_minitime1/20/2011, 12:41 am

that's quite inexpensive. thanks.
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Elrollo
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PostSubject: Re: T-5 Lighing   T-5 Lighing Icon_minitime1/20/2011, 12:48 am

wow those are real good prices...thanks for posting that site
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PostSubject: Re: T-5 Lighing   T-5 Lighing Icon_minitime1/20/2011, 1:14 am

great site
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Favorite Fish: : Maroon clownfish,Tangs,bluespot jaw fish,Bangaii,Mandarins etc.......I love all fish really.

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PostSubject: Re: T-5 Lighing   T-5 Lighing Icon_minitime1/20/2011, 6:00 am

good lighting is expensive.
if its a fish only tank you can get away with being cheap.
I use the G12 Aquatic life fixtures on the 180 and I just bought another for the 40 gallon breeder. these fixtures are high quality with internal ballasts, one cord and have timmers and moon lights. I supplement both the 180 and the 40 with reef brite 3 watt cree LEDs and these give a mind blowing pop to corals.
it really all depends on what you are keeping in you tank.
if you plan on keeping corals dont cheap out you will only be wasting money and will find yourself needing to upgrade again later...

http://www.aquaticlife.com/hid/index.html
http://www.premiumaquatics.com/aquatic-supplies/RB-PM24-5050.html

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PostSubject: Re: T-5 Lighing   T-5 Lighing Icon_minitime1/20/2011, 1:33 pm

The difference in price is consistent with build quality on these. You can always get a better ballast and wire it into a shoddy fixture, but reflector quality and cooling are generally the key differences between t5 sets. If you really want the really cheap, but has great moonlights and I can swap the bulbs later with something decent model for t5 I would probably go with the Odyssea t5.

http://www.aquatraders.com/Odyssea-48in-4x54W-T5-HO-Light-Fixture-Extendable-p/52303.htm

If you want the set it and forget it flavor with a fat slice of awesome rolled in look at either a current sundial or the aquaticlife fixtures that have integrated timers.
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PostSubject: Re: T-5 Lighing   T-5 Lighing Icon_minitime1/21/2011, 11:58 pm

sorry to hi jack but what about retro fit kits.. how many bulbs of t5 ho would I need for corals? what is your opinion on the hagen glo ballast, with there reflectors and 2 coralife 10,000k, a coralife antic, and a corallife 460/720mm
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PostSubject: Re: T-5 Lighing   T-5 Lighing Icon_minitime1/22/2011, 7:58 am

I'll be honest here. Initially I didn't have a high opinion on the GLO. I don't know from a function stand point if that's really changed or not. BUT... the ballast comes in a nice little package where it has its own little plastic housing, is pre wired, and has water proof endcaps. My current build will be retrofit 2x250w SE MH with either t5ho or PC supplementation. Pricing this stuff out individually... the GLO looks like the winner if I can snag it for less than 40 bucks. My thoughts here seem to center around the fact that the water proof end caps would run me 40 bucks alone, and I can always swap the ballast out later if needed. Reflectors I'm just not going to get out cheap on. I've come to grips with that, so I'll just be looking for the best reflector I can get.

I run 4x24w t5ho current sundial over my 29 with ATI bulbs. I'm able to keep LPS and softies. I have mixed results getting the LPS to grow... either it's just a really slow grower, or there's something else going on. Most of my problems I'm certain can be attributed to fluctuating tank parameters due to size and evaporation as opposed to the lighting over it.

Wow, I'm long winded today.
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Favorite Fish: : really getting interested in corals. Pretty fond of Ricordea mushrooms... so many colors and a very forgiving coral.



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PostSubject: Re: T-5 Lighing   T-5 Lighing Icon_minitime1/25/2011, 8:08 pm

Yeah! Got my T-5's today! I love the brightness. It works off of 2 transformers. I got it from fishneedit.com.
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PostSubject: Re: T-5 Lighing   T-5 Lighing Icon_minitime1/26/2011, 10:35 am

just trying to weight my opinions, and am wondering If I should start a small tank or just save up some money next, month, and my birthday will be in march, and save up some money in march. then go out and get a decent size setup 29-55g...

or I take my 55g planted tank. down, clean it up, and turn it in to a saltwater tank...
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Posts : 1453
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PostSubject: Re: T-5 Lighing   T-5 Lighing Icon_minitime1/26/2011, 11:03 am

plantedtankdude wrote:
just trying to weight my opinions, and am wondering If I should start a small tank or just save up some money next, month, and my birthday will be in march, and save up some money in march. then go out and get a decent size setup 29-55g...

or I take my 55g planted tank. down, clean it up, and turn it in to a saltwater tank...

if you want a nice mini reef look into a 40 gallon breeder or even a 50 gallon tank
the measurements make scaping much easier the width on the 29 and 55 are too narrow
where the 40 breeder is 36" x 18" x 16" you would be amazed the difference it makes.

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180 gallon mixed reef SPS dominant 75 gallon sump/fuge.
40 gallon anemone/softy tank 20 gallon sump/fuge.
Red sea max 250 Seahorse tank.
Silence is Golden but Duct tape is Silver.....
Having a saltwater tank without coral is like the Hells angels riding Mopeds*************************************
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wildbeanerz
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Location : Roaring Spring, PA
Favorite Fish: : Love my black ocellaris!

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PostSubject: Re: T-5 Lighing   T-5 Lighing Icon_minitime1/26/2011, 11:44 am

T-5 Lighing 858205 I have to agree that the dimensions on a 29 make SW a little harder. My 45lbs of LR make it hard to get around it to clean the glass. But I do like how full it is with LR. I just may need to rescape it since most of my rock is large pieces.
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flappyfish
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Posts : 61
Location : Henderson/Las Vegas, NV
Favorite Fish: : really getting interested in corals. Pretty fond of Ricordea mushrooms... so many colors and a very forgiving coral.



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PostSubject: Re: T-5 Lighing   T-5 Lighing Icon_minitime1/26/2011, 1:32 pm

i just acquired a 29 gallon tank for free that i'm going to set up in the next few months and re-locate all my 20 gallon stuff to that. but i might as well save up too and get something larger.
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PostSubject: Re: T-5 Lighing   T-5 Lighing Icon_minitime1/26/2011, 1:33 pm

Don't get me wrong, the 29 is fun and a great learning tool because you have to upkeep the water much more strictly than in a larger tank. I love my 29 but wish I had bigger! :) You can see mine if you look through the SW section.
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