T5 Lighting Question
So I am now in the process of finding the best lighting for my particular set up (listed in my signature)
I have found this product, "Coralife S/W T-5 Aqualight Double Strip Light-36") which is perfect as the length of the tank is the same. Is this a good product and is the lighting that comes with it sufficient for corals, hard and soft?
Or how is this product?
Current Nova Extreme High Output T5 Fixture-36"
The Coralife, if it's the same one I looked at (only I need 48"), is not HO, so you'll be very underpowered for a reef tank. FOWLR, I think it is fine.
I've also heard that these lights need to be sealed from underneath or the endcaps tend to rust out.
HO as in halogen?
I believe he means High Output. Not that i`m very experienced but if you`r going reef you will be better off with MH=Metal Halaide lighting even if its in combination with t-5 actinics. I was told without Mh lighting i`d be limited on corals and definetly no clams. I`d ask around, like I said i`m not real experienced but it`s what I have been told on several different occasions. Hope I helped
I'm by no means a lighting expert, but I've recently been researching the same thing as my single bulb flourescent has got to go, and I want to plan ahead for some corals down the road.
Hey I'm looking to buy a 24" 4 bulb t5 fixture. Where can I find one that will be good enough to support corals yet not too expensive?
-cheap fixture from the start
-short bulb life
-very limited to coral selection
-"medium" priced fixture from the start
-well rounded selection of what you can keep
-great options for the color output in the tank
-run "medium" priced fixture from the start
-run "medium" heat
-bulbs need replacement every 8-12 months at $20-25 per bulb, so if you have an 8 bulb fixture...
-no limits to which corals you can keep
-creates a "shimmer effect"
-run very hot, can lead to the need of a chiller
-1 bulb means meeting colors is difficult, very often people have to supplement with actinic PCs or T5s
-"medium-high" fixture price from the start
-uses the most electricity
-runs the coolest
-most energy efficient
-extremely high cost of fixture
-i have heard of people having there LEDs fail, which the company seemed to replace no issue but i have also heard that they are going out of business, again this is only what ive heard.
i personally use T5s which i built using icecap ballasts and endcaps. it really all comes down to what you wish to keep, what fits your needs to work for you and your system. you should also keep in mind any future upgrades to avoid having to purchase lighting twice. i strongly feel that lighting and protein skimming are the 2 most important peices of equipment for a reef tank.
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