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Old 08-16-2009, 04:44 PM   #31
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Hello,
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?
http://www.fishtanksdirect.com/index...OD&ProdID=1549
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?
http://www.wave-point.com/Lighting_f...LampMain.html#
It comes with two "sun wave 12,000k" bulbs and two "blue wave super actinic 460nm" bulbs.


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