Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 02-23-2012, 05:46 PM   #11
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Swiftler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 161
My plan is to build the canopy next month and stick with the lights and coral that I currently have. Then in April I'll get 1 or 2 of the double bulb t5 setups. Then probably in May add the last one. I'm a high school teacher so it's hard to drop it all at once on my salary 😄
__________________

__________________
Swiftler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2012, 06:05 PM   #12
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
mr_X's Avatar


 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Fairless Hills, Pa.
Posts: 17,895
Send a message via MSN to mr_X
I would keep what you have until you've saved up for quality lighting. If you say these corals you have are doing exceptionally well, I would wait.
__________________

__________________
thanks,
Doug
mr_X is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2012, 06:17 PM   #13
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Swiftler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 161
Sorry Mr. X forgot to mention that... I'm not gonna add any new corals until I have the entire new light setup completed and installed.
__________________
Swiftler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2012, 06:49 PM   #14
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
mr_X's Avatar


 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Fairless Hills, Pa.
Posts: 17,895
Send a message via MSN to mr_X
I understand, but my point is, save up a few hundred and get the right lighting, instead of piecing together something that you aren't going to be happy with.
__________________
thanks,
Doug
mr_X is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2012, 07:42 PM   #15
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 429
Quote:
Originally Posted by mr_X
I understand, but my point is, save up a few hundred and get the right lighting, instead of piecing together something that you aren't going to be happy with.
I would have to agree. Save it all up first. Then just get it all done at once. I opted for a fixture over a canopy mostly because I needed the air flow between my lights and tank seeming as I have a metal halide fixture. But I looked at piecing together all sorts of stuff because we aren't exactly rolling in it either but it was well worth the wait when I got that fixture on Tuesday.
__________________
jwalsh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2012, 09:07 PM   #16
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Syracuse
Posts: 1,156
I'm using a 4 bulb t5 deep blue sloar extreme and have mushrooms zoas a Duncan and now a open brain trachyphilia and they are doing great so far. But was hoping it would be enough light. Seems like enough but this is my first go at salwater.
__________________
EriksFish315 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2012, 11:39 PM   #17
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Swiftler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 161
I don't view it as a problem if I'm slowly upgrading the system as I go since everything is stable and doing well right now.
Step 1: build canopy and continue using the 2 t8s
Step 2: buy a dual t5 attach it to the lid and add it to the tank. So 2 t8 and 2 t5
Step 3: buy another dual t5 attach it to the lid and replace one of the t8's. So 4 t5's and 1 t8.
Step 4: buy another dual t5 attach it and end with 6 t5's in the canopy

Am I seeing something wrong cause the way I'm looking at it that at every step I'm improving the lighting on the tank.
__________________
Swiftler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2012, 11:42 PM   #18
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Syracuse
Posts: 1,156
You have a point if that's what will work best for you. But I think can be done cheaper if you purchase a 6 bulb t5 from the start...
__________________

__________________
EriksFish315 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
5 gallon, 55 gallon, light, lights, 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
46 Gallon bow front setup. What do you guys think? gizmo 7-7 Members Freshwater Tanks Showcase 25 03-27-2012 03:21 PM
29 gallon build Starchar Nano Reefs 9 02-28-2012 05:23 PM
5 gallon build GodFan Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 44 02-26-2012 01:53 PM
Easiest Fish to Keep - new 55 Gal phoenixkiller Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 188 02-24-2012 03:35 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:58 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.