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T5 HO or traditional fluorescent fixtures and bulbs?

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Is the hobby dying off? There seem like fewer and fewer choices.

Today's question: for 36" long aquarium, is it better to use the old standard fluoresent plant bulbs or the newer T5 HO bulbs. {the full spectrum led at about $300 are poor price value solution}.

My go to used to the All-glass but their 36" uses 24" bulbs. I don't know what advantages there
are to the T5HO for fresh water. For salt water, no brainer. But concerned since it's HO the fish will think it's too bright and hide all the time. The 36" dual bulb hoods are difficult to find. My 48's would stick out 6 inches and so that is unacceptable except for temporary emergency lighting.

I haven't found a lumen comparison and only discussion I have seen talks about how much brighter the fish are.
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a 36" fugeray,fugeray planted+ and finnex rayII run between $110-$140.the first two are for low-med light plants and the rayII is for high light. they have the necessary par rating. i have 2 fugeray and a fugeray-r. love these lights. i am constantly trimming. tanks look awsome. read up on them,they are a very popular choice on planted tank forums. the par data is available online.
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