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Old 01-31-2011, 09:54 AM   #1
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Hey guys I am looking at ordering a new 48" light fixture for my 90 gallon standard glass aquarium. I plan on keeping soft corals and maybe some hard stuff. Debating on halides vs a t5 setup. Would love some opinions due to it being a 24" tall aquarium
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:59 AM   #2
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Between the two, I would go the T5 route. They don't produce as much heat as MH and are cheaper to run. As for which fixture? It depends on your budget. I would go for a 6 or 8 bulb. If you are handy at DIY, you could wire up your own fixture for cheap with the same results.
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running an average haleum type lamp 12 hrs a day will cost about £400 a year to run, LED setups running 24/7 will only cost £7 a year by comparison!! although the initial setup cost is more!

just something to consider!!
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Old 01-31-2011, 10:17 AM   #4
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running an average haleum type lamp 12 hrs a day will cost about £400 a year to run, LED setups running 24/7 will only cost £7 a year by comparison!! although the initial setup cost is more!

just something to consider!!
I agree about the LED's but I did not mention them since he only asked about MH vs T5.

I'm waiting for the LED market to lower the pricing before I even think about going that route.
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Would definately go with an 8 bulb t5. And I agree with led comment but the initial cost is way to much for my bank account
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:11 PM   #6
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I would go with a tek light fixture 48 inch 6 bulb and add a 48 inch reef brite led fixture.

that is what i am running on my 120 gallon right now and the corals are LOVING it.

T5 HO is the way to go with LED or without. For now a 6 bulb 48 inch tek fixture will me fine!!!
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