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post #1 of 8 Old 09-27-2011, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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hey everybody, been a member for a while.. but havent posted(life has been crazy for a while, hadent had any free time) but im back..(happy happy) . well anyway to the question, i have had a planted freshwater tank for a while. i originally wanted a reef tank, but wifey talked me into fresh water instead.. well i decided i want my reef tank.. do doing some research first.. for a 75 gal reeftank, will 2 t5 1000k bulbs and 2 t5 acentic bulbs plus 4 lunad led's be suffecient, or should i go with 3 10k and 3 acentic...
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-28-2011, 08:37 AM
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i think i personally would do a 6 bulb retrofit t5 on a 75 myself. i would also look into different bulb combinations.

a 4 bulb would work for lower light corals, soft corals, some LPS but wouldnt for SPS, clams, or anemones.
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hey everybody, been a member for a while.. but havent posted(life has been crazy for a while, hadent had any free time) but im back..(happy happy) . well anyway to the question, i have had a planted freshwater tank for a while. i originally wanted a reef tank, but wifey talked me into fresh water instead.. well i decided i want my reef tank.. do doing some research first.. for a 75 gal reeftank, will 2 t5 1000k bulbs and 2 t5 acentic bulbs plus 4 lunad led's be suffecient, or should i go with 3 10k and 3 acentic...
The more white light you can get into the tank, the more Reef Corals you are able to keep, like the Clams and Anemones and SPS. So, with a 4 bulb unit, use all 10-12k lamps. You have more options with the 6 lamp fixture, you can throw in the actinics for color rendering.
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post #4 of 8 Old 09-28-2011, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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so basically i need the 6 lamp unit.nice(its like 500 bucs) lol. comes with 3 10k and 3 actinic. time to save some money.
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if your somewhat handy a DIY retrofit kit can be cheaper if you have a canopy to mount it in.
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post #6 of 8 Old 09-28-2011, 08:19 PM
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so basically i need the 6 lamp unit.nice(its like 500 bucs) lol. comes with 3 10k and 3 actinic. time to save some money.
48" T5 HO Aquarium Light Hood Marine Reef 432W 8 Lamps | eBay
T5 Lighting 48" 4 ft Aquarium Light Hood Marine Reef 324W 6x 54 Watt Bulbs | eBay
These are less than $200
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ma u 2 sure and helpfull.. thanks alot, much apprciated. be awhile until i actually start building the tank, but i am sooo excited allready..
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-29-2011, 10:27 AM
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ma u 2 sure and helpfull.. thanks alot, much apprciated. be awhile until i actually start building the tank, but i am sooo excited allready..
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