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post #31 of 31 Old 10-10-2009, 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by yippee View Post
If i retrofit my own t5ho's and put a computer fan on each end (one pushing, one pulling) to create air flow through it, do you think it would run okay? Or will it still run hot? Will it heat the water up as well?
Well, I personally would never go to all this fuss. Particularly as it is not necessary; there are good lighting options without having fan cooling units (which i've never even seen in stores). I have always preferred simplicity, it is cheaper and there is less chance of mishap; as long as it does the job.

The T5 HO twin-tube fixture I tried for a week was no hotter than the regular, but it was far too bright, which is why I took it back for a regular twin-tube fixture.

On your 55g I would go with either a one-tube T5 HO fixture or a twin-tube regular fixture. In either case, full spectrum tubes like the Life-Glo 2 work fine.


Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
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