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Old 06-16-2011, 11:06 PM   #121
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OK guys, I got the call today, the tank arrived. I am out of town, but will be picking it up next weekend. I have literally decided on everything except for lights, so I have a question. I was originally thinking halides, I love the way they look. But for the money, and upkeep costs, I think I am going with T5HOs. I know it isn't a for sure thing I would need a chiller with Halides, but I don't want to chance it, nor do I want to pay for those bulbs every 6 months and the power bill.

Do you think that two of these hung side by side would support anything I wanted to keep? Particularly interested in clams, they are the main reason I was planning to go with halides.

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Old 06-17-2011, 01:45 AM   #122
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Those lights will work. If I didn't have leds I would use t-5s. Does the fixture come with bulbs? I would recommend ati bulbs. They are in a class by themselves. Ask Mr X what the best combo is.
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Old 06-17-2011, 01:49 AM   #123
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Aren't you getting a 220? What are the dimensions? Why only 36"?
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:54 AM   #124
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Because two 36" fixtures would cover the 6' of tank. Each of those is 8x39 which would give me a total of 16x39 over the tank. Most of the 6' fixtures only go up to 12. The tank is 6'x2'x30", I want as much light as I can throw over the top because of the 30" depth.
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:08 AM   #125
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I would definitely go with those, they're a great brand and 8-bulbs would be great for clams just about anywhere in the tank
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Old 06-17-2011, 11:23 AM   #126
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I missed the part where you would use 2 fixtures.
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Old 06-17-2011, 11:56 AM   #127
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I missed the part where you would use 2 fixtures.
It's cool, thanks idream. I will probably go with those, I will save 400 vs. Halides and the actual cost of upkeep is much lower. If I do have issues with clams or corals I will just add some retros.
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If you have issues I'll buy those fixtures off of you
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:49 PM   #129
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Have fun replacing SIXTEEN bulbs at once. I honestly think that's a bad idea, you'll be spending ~15 dollars per bulb come replacement time, so I think it would be better to find either a single fixture or 2 4 bulb fixtures.
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I'm stressing replacing 12 bulbs on my 6 foot fixture LOL

But seriously, if he wants that output of lighting thats the way to go. They really don't make a better T5 fixture combination than what he has in mind.
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