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Old 03-13-2013, 02:10 PM   #11
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No. You need 2 of them. One every 2 feet of tank.
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I know there is huge thread about lighting. But what is a piece of lighting for a 55 gallon tank? Something sorta cheap but does the job
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And something I wouldn't have to buy two of
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What do you want to keep in this 55? How much is "cheap"? You could get a 4 lamp T5 HO fixture pretty cheap.
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That's true. My tank is 3 foot so one light does mine perfect. T5 HOs work great you just gotta buy bulbs for it every so often. Led pays for itself lasting 5-10 years. Maybe you can find a bigger led fixture if you don't want to get 2. Those t5s add up over time especially 4 of them.
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For the t5 HO lamp fixtures what colors would you need for the lamps? Like all white? Or half white or half blue?

I'm looking to just have normal beginning corals nothing to hard to keep
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I would go two 10k and 2 actinic. Like Paul said, you'll have to replace the lamps yearly, but you could keep all the softies and LPS you want.
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:05 PM   #18
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How's this?

http://www.warehouse-lighting.com/hi...tor-cheap.aspx

With these bulbs
2 of these-
http://www.warehouse-lighting.com/pr...5-fslsh-D.aspx

2 of these-
http://www.warehouse-lighting.com/pr...fslsh-BLB.aspx

Is that good? So confusing haha
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No, I don't think they are any good either. Def not the black light, it's not a disco! Like Mr X said aim for 2 x 10k and 2 x actinic. eBay would be your best bet, they would be cheapest. I honestly think the LEDs are worth it in the long run tho. Replacing those T-5s every 6-8 months at $20 a pop x 4. I have just made the change from T-5 after my first globe replacement! Just my opinion...
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You know that add says you need to buy x 10 to get the discount ? FYI if you do go down the T-5 road you should aim for 54w tubes
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