Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 08-16-2009, 03:44 PM   #31
Aquarium Advice FINatic
Join Date: May 2009
Location: tallahassee, florida
Posts: 990
Before making a final decision about which light to buy, I want to make sure that I dont buy more than I need. (Trying to save $$$).

Seeing as I have a 20g tank that is about 16in tall, what power output should I be looking for for T 5 bulbs? I know the watts per gallon rule is dated, so what do we go by now?

I plan to one day have frogspawn and hammer corals, but really dont like the hard core stony stuff.

There are some Current USA fixtures with T 5 bulbs rated at 48W total (24in) for really good prices. Would it be possible to get away with this lower power? Would it be much of an improvement of what I have now? (65W 50/50 10k, Actinic Power Compact).

Or let me put it this way: What is the best coral I can get with only 48W total from T-5 bulbs?

EDIT: Quick Idea: Might I use TWO cheaper strips instead of one?
I could have the same output of the Sundial (as far as power goes) for $130 shipped.

EDIT: I just won a Wavepoint T5 4-24W 24in light on ebay for $90.00. This seems to be a great deal, no? I see them listed for $250.00!
Should this work as good or better than the Current Sundial?
It comes with two "sun wave 12,000k" bulbs and two "blue wave super actinic 460nm" bulbs.


mrg02d is offline   Reply With Quote

fowlr, reef

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
reef to FOWLR kb322 Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 7 12-09-2008 08:18 AM
FOWLR to Reef AZfishman Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 6 12-06-2008 06:44 PM
from Reef to FOWLR JonSolo Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 1 09-06-2006 04:36 PM
FOWLR vs Reef vs FO Jeraljay Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 2 12-26-2005 12:11 AM
Reef vs FOWLR Morticus Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 14 02-26-2005 04:09 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:43 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.