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wannalearn 09-27-2011 05:01 PM

lighting question
 
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...

onefish2fish 09-28-2011 08:37 AM

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.

Reefing Madness 09-28-2011 10:37 AM

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Originally Posted by wannalearn (Post 842767)
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.

wannalearn 09-28-2011 02:15 PM

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.

onefish2fish 09-28-2011 07:49 PM

if your somewhat handy a DIY retrofit kit can be cheaper if you have a canopy to mount it in.

Reefing Madness 09-28-2011 08:19 PM

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Originally Posted by wannalearn (Post 843755)
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

wannalearn 09-28-2011 10:44 PM

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..

Reefing Madness 09-29-2011 10:27 AM

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Originally Posted by wannalearn (Post 844395)
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..

:thumbsup: Good luck.


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