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Old 03-27-2014, 04:29 AM   #1
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T5 lighting for coral reef

I'm starting a new 25 gallon saltwater I want some coral just want to know if t5 lighting is good for it let me know and what do u thing is better thank you!
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depends on what corals and what type and wattage of the fixture
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If you have already purchased the light, yes you can maintain most corals with a T5, with good bulbs, as long as it is T5 HO. If you are yet to buy a fixture, look into LED's, as you can get a light for about $150 shipped that is dimmable.
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Old 03-28-2014, 05:54 AM   #4
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Yea I have t5 HO already well how many do u think I need for a 25 g
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2 t5ho will suffice for softies such as zoas mushrooms and leathers. I would say 4 minimum for higher light corals such as sps and lps. This is dependant on the tank depth though.
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Take in to consideration that replacing the bulbs just one time will cost you almost as much as buying the led fixture and you'll never have to replace a bulb for years where you'll have to replace the t5's a few times a year. Also you'll be able to keep whatever type of coral you want with the led's
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Take in to consideration that replacing the bulbs just one time will cost you almost as much as buying the led fixture and you'll never have to replace a bulb for years where you'll have to replace the t5's a few times a year. Also you'll be able to keep whatever type of coral you want with the led's
Depending on the type of LED fixture of course. Many of the easily available ones are useless for a reef. There is also the effects of the light to take into consideration. I personally don't like LEDs for fresh water tanks although they are great for a reef.
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This was my first reef in a 37g bow front that had Ho t-5 s 4 bulbs
I've since upgraded several times both tanks and lights


I so miss this tank
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Nice tank
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what is your budget on lighting
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