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post #11 of 15 Old 04-28-2011, 10:05 PM
I use t-5s on all my tanks, if you have the budget to spare, they are great, but otherwise, t8 systems and cfls work just as well. For me the only reason to upgrade was to get t5 HO bulbs which push out more light without having to get a giant fixture.
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post #12 of 15 Old 04-29-2011, 07:27 PM
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I have 2 T5 HO bulbs over my 29 gallon. They work phenomenally, just like any bulb does, as long as you have the correct intensity/spectrum. It is pretty expensive though. The fixture for my 29 was $130.

I don't think I would be able to justify the cost of putting T5s over a 10 gallon when I've seen how well the spiral compacts work for small planted tanks.

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post #13 of 15 Old 04-29-2011, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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Coralife Mini T5 Aqualight

Zoo Med AquaSun T5 HO Double Light Linear Fluorescent Hoods.

Aqualight T5 Dual Lamp Aquarium Lighting Fixtures

Odyssea 20" 36W Power Compact Light Fixture Extendable Series

These lights all run under fifty bucks.

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T5 bulbs increase lighting over T8 bulbs, and along with the increased lighting comes an increased demand for CO2 and fertilizers which plant's will demand and algae will happily thrive on in their absence.
For non CO2, Excel tanks,, I would start with the T8 or CFL bulbs (full spectrum).

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has anyone looked at the fluval flora?

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