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Would a dual T5NO be pushing it for low tech no C02?
Old 03-05-2012, 04:49 PM   #31
 
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Awesome thank you!, I was trying to google it between phone calls at work but the Aqueon/Coralife name issue was getting in the way. Who knows lol. By the look of those spectrums the colormax will be a little more warm, it's higher in the red and lower in both the blue and the green. I like the spread of the 6700k better, wish I could find just the fixture, I'd pick one up and get the 6700k bulb to be our guinni pig since you mentioned you thought about getting one.
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Old 03-05-2012, 05:27 PM   #32
 
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I hope you can buy the tank without the hood/light, and save some money, or with another fixture. That will certainly be insufficient light, unless you are planning a tank for say angelfish or discus with no submersed plants but only floating and an authentic aquascape of sand and chunks of wood and branches. That would be lovely, but if submersed plants are intended, this fixture won't do it.

I have a 5-foot 115g which is probably near identical to the 125 in measurements and I have two 48-inch T8 tubes in parallel (so centre). It is perfect. I tried two T5 HO 48-inch tubes for a full week before I took it back--way too much light. I was able to exchange with no loss (an advantage of buying from a local store), and the T8 is less expensive for fixture and tubes.

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They come with it, along with the glass tops. It's Petsmart's brand, regardless though it's far cheaper than the only alternative - special ordering from a LFS or Petco and in both cases would be significantly more expensive (+$100).

So with the dual fixture you have a foot on each end with no light?
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Old 03-05-2012, 05:45 PM   #33
 
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Awesome thank you!, I was trying to google it between phone calls at work but the Aqueon/Coralife name issue was getting in the way. Who knows lol. By the look of those spectrums the colormax will be a little more warm, it's higher in the red and lower in both the blue and the green. I like the spread of the 6700k better, wish I could find just the fixture, I'd pick one up and get the 6700k bulb to be our guinni pig since you mentioned you thought about getting one.
The parent company is Central Garden and Pet, lots of different brands.
The 6700K daylight is a good bulb, I had the T5HO version and liked it, though it is now sitting in a box in my closet. For some reason, I thought the Coralife fixture came with it instead of the colormax. The colormax will definitely be warmer and it may have the pink hue to it, it's hard to say, only way to know for sure is to see it in person.
I was impatient and went with another brand since the Coralife was out of stock, the one I got is non-HO T5, but what I didn't realize at the time was that it has the 24" bulb. It is pretty good, especially for the price I paid, and should be plenty for the tank I'm setting up, which will have only crypts, java fern and java moss. If it craps out I will probably buy the Coralife.
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Old 03-05-2012, 05:56 PM   #34
 
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Geo, the standard 36" strip lights have 36" (25 watts) T8s.
I may need to amend this. Just saw in another thread that apparently some 36" strip lights come with 24" bulbs. Either way, as Byron said, very low light for that size tank.
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:52 PM   #35
 
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They come with it, along with the glass tops. It's Petsmart's brand, regardless though it's far cheaper than the only alternative - special ordering from a LFS or Petco and in both cases would be significantly more expensive (+$100).

So with the dual fixture you have a foot on each end with no light?
Six inches ion each end actually; my tank is 5 feet, the tubes over it are 4 feet in parallel (side by side).
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:03 PM   #36
 
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Six inches ion each end actually; my tank is 5 feet, the tubes over it are 4 feet in parallel (side by side).
Ah, the 125 is a 6ft tank (72").

It's for angels, but I do plan to have plants down below. Mostly low light stuff, but some moderate.

Maybe two dual 36" ... but ugh, I'd hate to spend $200 on light fixtures alone. Might have to set aesthetics aside and search out two shop lights. Or if my LED light experiment works out, building my own.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:04 PM   #37
 
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Geo, maybe just supplement the T8 lighting with your LEDs. I'm thinking that the fixtures that come in the kit will probalbly be the 24" bulbs (the ones with the 36" bulbs are the 'deluxe' models), if this is the case there should be empty space at the ends of the fixtures where you could add the LEDs. From your other thread, the LEDs look pretty bright, four of them plus the T8s may be enough. You already have the material to do one of the lights.
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