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Old 06-07-2006, 06:41 PM   #11
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Where did you all purchase them if you don't mind me asking? I've been thinkin' about switching to T5 from PC myself.
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This is the cheapest I found them:

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2004+113175
I got the 216W.

I actually bought mine from thapetplace they matched the price and are only about two hours from me.
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Where did you all purchase them if you don't mind me asking? I've been thinkin' about switching to T5 from PC myself.
I bought mine from premiumaqutics dot com they price matched Drs Foster and Smith, mine is the 8 x 54 version...
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I'll snap some pictures. get you a before and after pic.
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The true power of T5HO bulbs is achieved when using individual reflectors for each bulb. The Nova has one reflector for all bulbs, instead of individual reflectors for each bulb. That cuts down on it's effectiveness. A better unit, although a bit more expensive, with individual reflectors:

http://www.reefgeek.com/products/cat...ng/104192.html

That unit has 4 bulbs like the Nova. They also have 6 and 8 bulb units in the 48" size. Here's a thread that shows what T5's with individual reflectors can do for you:

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh...hreadid=728429
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WOW. I'm definitly getting T-5 now. I couldn't find any of the tek lights in 30" though. I'll have to work on building a hood so I can work with the 24" kits.

Does anybody know about the Coralife T5 fixtures? Its all my LFS can get in 30".
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Ok im thinking of getting the this

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2004+113175

the 216 watt one. Will this be good for some corals I have a standard 55 gallon tank.
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heres before and after.......... sorry if its hard to tell in pics, they really dont do it justice...
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i was talking to my lfs and he doesnt like t5s

said that they loose 40-50% of luminens in 4-6 months. which means major $ on bulb changes since t5 bulbs are about $20+ each.

i have been looking into them and now rethinking either PC or MH
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