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Old 10-07-2008, 12:55 PM   #1
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need some lighting help

hi. i have been a member of this forum for a long time. some of u guys may remember me. i used to post ALOT. but alot of my free time is occupied now so i havent been on. but ya. my 15 gal tank is still going strong but unfortunatly my light has burnt out. i thought it was justa bulb but i replaced it and it still did not work. it is this unit here


http://www.bigalsonline.ca/BigAlsCA/...plight1x65watt

my question is..... i also have a fresh water planted aquarium running 4 20 watt t8 bulbs. so 80 watts total output with a mirrored reflector. i know PC lighting is more efficient then t8 but would 65 watts of PC be equivilant of 80 watts of t8. i am obviously going to change the bulb set up to accomadate the saltwater. i was thinking about just ordering a new 65 watt PC light for the freshwater and leaving the 80 watt t8 on the salt. i am just after a few opinions on the light set up. here is a pic of my tank cause i dont want to describe everything in there. only thing that has really changed is the anenome is no longer there. he outgrew the tank.





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6 months later... what do u think.
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Are these pics of the tank with the PC (65W) or the T8s?

If it were me I would buy a T5 HO fixture for the tank. They are more efficient then the PCs and the T8s. Aquarium Lights Hellolights.com
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these pics are with the 65 watt pc. the 80 watt t8 do not have the proper colour bulbs. i dont have an acetinic(sp?) bulb in there. i dont want to spend alot of money. i can get the same fxture that has been working well for me for about 70 bucks shipped. so that was my price range. if i ever update then i will go to something better like t5 or MH. but for now i just need to get something ordered asap to get it back going. just need some opinions on it. order the 65 watt PC for the fresh tank and buy a new bulb for the t8 set up to suit the salt water? would that be more benificial then running the PC set up? i am probably gonna go with the new PC fixture but i just wanted some opinions.
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Well I would go with the PC then..
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lol ok. so u dont think there would be any benifits to the 80 watts of t8 over the 65 watts of pc? i am mainly stuck on the price of a PC light compared to anything else. but i have never tested t8's and saltwater before. only my freshwater application.
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I think you'd also be better with the PCs, if only that you know they were working well on the tank and why mess with it. You'd still have to buy a new light for the FW tank anyway.

Welcome back, BTW, we missed you! Hope to see you around these parts more. And the tank looks great as well.
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