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igotatank
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PostSubject: lighting   lighting Icon_minitime11/5/2009, 1:05 pm

what is a good retro fit kit to use? the dimesion of my tank are 72"L x 19"W x 24"H. looking to mount it under my canopy. I plan having corals and anemones in the tank. T5 lighting would be good with led for my moon lighting right?
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PostSubject: Re: lighting   lighting Icon_minitime11/5/2009, 1:55 pm

This is the set-up that I'd put in a 6' canopy.

8 Pairs T5 Endcaps
8 Pairs T5 Standoffs
8 SLR IceCap Reflectors
8 Sets T5 Reflector Clips
2 Power Cord (Grounded)
Wire Nuts
2 IceCap 660 Electronic Fluorescent Ballast
4 x AquaSun 54W T5 Fluorescent Aquarium Lamps by UV Lighting
4 x Super Actinic R 54W T5 Fluorescent Aquarium Lamps by UV Lighting
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PostSubject: Re: lighting   lighting Icon_minitime11/5/2009, 2:03 pm

Wow
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PostSubject: Re: lighting   lighting Icon_minitime11/5/2009, 2:08 pm

You could do all of this for under $400.
That's a small price to pay for beautiful corals.
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igotatank
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PostSubject: Re: lighting   lighting Icon_minitime11/5/2009, 2:19 pm

that is a
pretty pennie
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PostSubject: Re: lighting   lighting Icon_minitime11/5/2009, 2:41 pm

salt water lighting isn't cheap.
You get what you pay for.
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igotatank
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PostSubject: Re: lighting   lighting Icon_minitime11/5/2009, 3:15 pm

trust me i know. i am just getting back into it again.
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PostSubject: Re: lighting   lighting Icon_minitime11/5/2009, 3:39 pm

retro kits are way cheaper than buying a 72" T5 fixture ($800-$1000)

The items I gave you in the first post were for 2 - 30" retro kits
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PostSubject: Re: lighting   lighting Icon_minitime11/5/2009, 3:51 pm

i have to get something my tanks has been running for a few weeks now with no lights. i have two clown fish and a crab in it.
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PostSubject: Re: lighting   lighting Icon_minitime11/5/2009, 5:13 pm

you could also go with 48" bulbs also if you need to but i agree with nitty when it comes to lighting, you could alos start off with the 4 if you have to and add another 4 later to split up cost and also when it comes time to replace bulbs you can do it in stages instead of having to replace all at once, i just had to replace all 4 of my 48" T5 HO bulbd in my fixture adn i paid 120 to 130.00 at a fish shop in norman for the 4 bulbs (didn't have time to wait cause my bulbs were way being time to replace ii got the fixture used and had it a year and i think the previous owner had used it for almost a year also, IMHO you should keep these T5 HO bulbs no longer than 18 months.


some peole will replace them every year but IMHO this is unnecessary (mh and pc should be replaced yearly but i dont recommend pc's because teh T5's are pretty similar or close in price to T5's and are a better lighting type runnign a little cooler than power compacts.


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PostSubject: Re: lighting   lighting Icon_minitime11/9/2009, 4:31 am

igotatank wrote:
what is a good retro fit kit to use? the dimesion of my tank are 72"L x 19"W x 24"H. looking to mount it under my canopy. I plan having corals and anemones in the tank. T5 lighting would be good with led for my moon lighting right?

well the T5HO i like but i found this today if you want to go with a led retrofit setup:

http://www.clearlyleds.com/ProductDescription.htm
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PostSubject: Re: lighting   lighting Icon_minitime11/13/2009, 4:15 pm

I think i might ditch the canopy and go with this unit. any comments. this is 15.5" wide i also seen a similar one that is 11.5" wide. my tank is 18" wide. thx
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PostSubject: Re: lighting   lighting Icon_minitime11/13/2009, 4:15 pm

Current USA Outer Orbit Fixture, 3x150W HQI & 4X96W Compact Fluorescents, 72 inch
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PostSubject: Re: lighting   lighting Icon_minitime11/13/2009, 4:16 pm

Current USA Outer Orbit Fixture, 3x150W HQI & 4X96W Compact Fluorescents, 72 inch The 72 inch Current USA Outer Orbit HQI metal halide light for reef aquariums combines HQI metal halides lamps with actinic compact fluorescent lamps and Lunar Light LEDs.
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PostSubject: Re: lighting   lighting Icon_minitime11/13/2009, 4:23 pm

igotatank wrote:
Current USA Outer Orbit Fixture, 3x150W HQI & 4X96W Compact Fluorescents, 72 inch The 72 inch Current USA Outer Orbit HQI metal halide light for reef aquariums combines HQI metal halides lamps with actinic compact fluorescent lamps and Lunar Light LEDs.

i dont recommend mh's and pc ( power compacts arent that great IMHO). i would recommend this:

http://www.marinedepot.com/Current_USA_Nova_Extreme_Pro_T5HO_10k_460nm_Actinics_20_Inch_T5_Fluorescent_Light_Fixtures-Current_USA-CU01083-FILTFIT5T5-vi.html

over a MH/powercompact setup. of course i am wanting to try teh led lighting which can be found here:

http://www.clearlyleds.com/ProductDescription.htm

these led lights are a retrofit kit which are sold bythe panel (6" x 8" ). panels can be got 1 at a time so do dont have to shell out the funds all at once or you can by all of them you need at the same time. 21 of the panels in total will cost like 1740.00 before shipping if bought all at once which is cheaper than a readymade fixture adn a redymad fixture wont cover the whole tank whereas thse will with enough panels. you would either need a canopy, or make apendant fixture for them. these panels ar of such a size that you could even replace the "guts" of your lighting fixture with these panels.
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PostSubject: Re: lighting   lighting Icon_minitime11/13/2009, 4:26 pm

i would not need MH for my tank it if want to have clams SPS and LPS
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PostSubject: Re: lighting   lighting Icon_minitime11/13/2009, 4:34 pm

igotatank wrote:
i would not need MH for my tank it if want to have clams SPS and LPS

nope, i have some sps frags, an lps frag and softy frag in my 90 with a 4 bulb High Output T5 fixture.
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PostSubject: Re: lighting   lighting Icon_minitime11/13/2009, 4:35 pm

i have had people tell me get MH.
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PostSubject: Re: lighting   lighting Icon_minitime11/13/2009, 4:36 pm

pretty much everyone at the LFS i go to say to use MH.
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PostSubject: Re: lighting   lighting Icon_minitime11/13/2009, 4:37 pm

i really want to buy something this weekend
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PostSubject: Re: lighting   lighting Icon_minitime11/13/2009, 4:41 pm

igotatank wrote:
i have had people tell me get MH.

i am sure you have there are a few people on other forums that will tell you to go MH but i personally dont get it, they run hotter, use more energy and cost more over time. if your tank is 25 to 28" tall or less go with t5's if it is a massive deep tank (30" or over) then maybe go mh for deeper penetration, however i have only noticed "show" tanks (taller over wider) being deep enough to consider MH's a gentleman in lone grove oklahoma has a 180 gallon "show" tank and he is using High Output T5's on his tank
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PostSubject: Re: lighting   lighting Icon_minitime11/13/2009, 4:43 pm

people in teh LFS just want you to spend money and IMHO if it came between MH or T5HO i would go T5 HO. of course you can do what you want it is your tank after all but i am just giving you my honest opinion. the only thing i see that the MH's have over T5 is the shimmer effect but that can be remedied with a few super bright leds.
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PostSubject: Re: lighting   lighting Icon_minitime11/13/2009, 6:02 pm

okay. that is the same thing my friend told me too. does it mater what the width of the light fixture is?
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PostSubject: Re: lighting   lighting Icon_minitime11/13/2009, 7:46 pm

igotatank wrote:
okay. that is the same thing my friend told me too. does it mater what the width of the light fixture is?

ok i have an oceanic 90 gallon reef tank adn i have a 4 bulb fixture on it depending on how wide the tank is (front to back )woudl determine number of bulbs in a fixture. an example, my 90 is 48" long meanin gi would use 48" 54 watt T5HO, and with a width of 18" i use a 4 bulb fixture. lest say your tank is 24" wide (front to back) then i would recommend at least a 6 bulb setup but you could go an 8 bulb setup.
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PostSubject: Re: lighting   lighting Icon_minitime11/14/2009, 7:18 am

okay. my tank is 18" 72" long. i also have to think about wattage to.
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