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Post by curtis miller on Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:20 pm



I am looking into buying this light fixture, what do you guys think?
this is a t5 high output system. I was wondering if any of you run a t5 high output system on your freshwater tanks, and what do you think of it?
Does it cause lots of algae since it is high output? do the t5s run your electric bill up?
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Re: t5 lighting

Post by jimmymac on Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:22 pm

how much?
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Post by curtis miller on Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:28 pm

$130
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Post by bulldogg7 on Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:40 pm

I've got an off-brand 4 bulb T5HO on my 120, I normally only run half of it
1200k

1200k + actinics

actinics only


I normally just run 2 bulbs, unless I'm taking pics or actually trying to grow some algae. Not really sure on the electric bill, probably about the same as having a 60watt light bulb for each T5?
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Post by curtis miller on Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:49 pm

ok so a dual 54 watt shouldnt really cause to many algae problems then? awesome tank btw, i love all the wood.
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Post by bulldogg7 on Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:57 pm

guess it depends on how tall the tank is and how high the rocks are, but if algae gets too bad you can just leave them on for shorter periods. I like some algae Rolling Eyes With the one actinic bulb it shouldn't grow too bad and make the fish' colors stand out more.
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Post by curtis miller on Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:06 pm

i agree i do like some algae i just dont want it to get out of control. i would like to get some nice green algae in my tank.
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Re: t5 lighting

Post by addicted2cichlid on Sat Feb 13, 2010 1:00 am

also curtis just so u know the odysea light that bulldogg has is almost identical to the coralife light ur looking at except it has 4 bulbs... odyssea lights share almost every part as the coralife's, but are cheaper. even the hanging kits are the same.
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Post by curtis miller on Sun Feb 14, 2010 12:48 am

cool, i ended up ordering the coralife light. i got it for $130, did i pay too much?
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