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Custom Reef Lighting
its time to brighten my horizons...I have T6s on my 55 nano reef aquarium and wanted to bump up the lighting as a couple of the bulbs are about to burn out anyways...i have decided on combining T5 HOs with VHOs in one 48 inch fixture....i am not concerned with looks as i am efficiency....i have an old broken down shop light that i will use as the reflector and to house the bulbs...thought this might help some others out there who cant afford the metal halides...i will keep you all posted soon...
Originally Posted by badxgillen View Post
I learned this while attempting to install a dual T5 bulb arrangement with a ballast that was only recommended for one bulb.
The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
thanks i have heard of this so i am getting ballasts and lights i have seen in operation on other DIY and in manufactured fixtures...i am thinking a 14000K daylight T5HO with a 420nm Actinic T5HO then doing 2 65 watt 50-50 bulbs between them...this should be comparable to a halide...i hope...thanks again it is nice to learn from others mishaps...
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i am having grounding issues with my other ballast...it does not have a ground wire but says it requires one...my friend says to add a ground to the ballast itself and that should cover it...i have not done this before and wouldnt be happy if i burnt out my ballast...it seems feasable...ya there bear...
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