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Old 07-27-2013, 07:19 PM   #51
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Hey guys. So I have been looking around and I found a light fixture that I hope might be enough. It's a 48" fixture 2x 250watt MHs and 4 54watt T5 actinic bulbs. Will that be a good light? (My tank is 48x18x31)
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Plenty of light. A lot of heat though, and a lot of energy consumption.
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:00 PM   #53
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Plenty of light. A lot of heat though, and a lot of energy consumption.
So invest in a chiller? Lol man this hobby never stops!
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:22 AM   #54
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Hey guys. So I have been looking around and I found a light fixture that I hope might be enough. It's a 48" fixture 2x 250watt MHs and 4 54watt T5 actinic bulbs. Will that be a good light? (My tank is 48x18x31)
Keep in mind you will be spending about $250 a year on new bulbs. $60-80 for MH and 20-30 for the T5, in 2 years you could have bought a brand name led unit, with half the energy use
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Keep in mind you will be spending about $250 a year on new bulbs. $60-80 for MH and 20-30 for the T5, in 2 years you could have bought a brand name led unit, with half the energy use
Yea I have been looking at LEDs and the problem is that I don't know how to gauge how much light I need from LEDs is there like lumens per gallon I should be looking for or something. 72 x 3watt LED system good? 48" fixture... Keep in mind my tank is 31" deep
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Yea I have been looking at LEDs and the problem is that I don't know how to gauge how much light I need from LEDs is there like lumens per gallon I should be looking for or something. 72 x 3watt LED system good? 48" fixture... Keep in mind my tank is 31" deep
You need to look at the PAR in leds. For a tank as deep as yours your gonna need a really strong light
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Old 07-28-2013, 04:30 PM   #57
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You need to look at the PAR in leds. For a tank as deep as yours your gonna need a really strong light
Ok will do. Thanks for the help.
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Old 07-28-2013, 04:36 PM   #58
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Ok will do. Thanks for the help.
Mr. X can tell you what a good PAR is I believe
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:24 PM   #59
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Yea I have been looking at LEDs and the problem is that I don't know how to gauge how much light I need from LEDs is there like lumens per gallon I should be looking for or something. 72 x 3watt LED system good? 48" fixture... Keep in mind my tank is 31" deep
You should just get a couple of taotronics with optics and you'll be fine. Good price for good quality.
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I don't think you even need the optics. I had them over a pretty deep tank and bleached stuff on the sand bed.
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