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Old 12-06-2011, 10:36 PM   #1
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T5's I just got for my 125 gal

Hi all,

Well I just bought some lights as an 'impulse buy'. Typically, my 'impulse buys' aren't too smart, but I couldn't pass this one up.

I was holding out to buy some lighting for my 125gal tank. It's been FOWLR for almost 2 years, and since it's doing so well, it's time to jump to REEF! I was actually waiting to get LED's, or was really looking to buy a new T5 fixture, possibly 8x39watt. But I have this Craigslist app that someone else on here suggested and it pinged me when a guy was selling his T5 fixture for $115!

It's an 8-bulb 80watt per bulb fixture. So that's 640 watts, wow. I had a coralife lunar aqualight 48" 4x65 watt light fixture from my old 55gal on my tank for the last 2 years. And now I have this WHOPPER of a light emitting heat & light.

So my question is this- I don't want to shock my tank with so much light at once. I've cut some screen and put over the tank (3 layers of it). And I plan on only using actinics for 2 to 3 days, then putting all the lights on after that. Then I'll remove each layer of screen every 3 days or so.

1.) Does this sound like a good plan, or do you think this will still shock my system?

2.) Is it okay to lay the light fixture on the glass top I have instead of using the "legs" to hold up the light? It won't fit in my cabinet top with the legs on it. But if it were laying on the glass, it will.

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Old 12-06-2011, 10:38 PM   #2
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Killer lights!!! I got the Solarmax extreme T5 4 bulb for my fresh water and love it!

Good luck with the light!!
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:47 PM   #3
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:22 PM   #4
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If it were me I'd leave it just how it is in the pics but I'm not a big canopy guy.

I would just turn the light on for 3 or 4 hours a day for a week and up it by an hour every week until you're at your desired light schedule.
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If it were me I'd leave it just how it is in the pics but I'm not a big canopy guy.
The only issue I have with how it is currently set up is that when I sit on the couch, it's BLINDING! Makes the whole room glow, where the canopy looked nice, and kept the excess light in the tank only.
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:50 PM   #6
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I have the same problem. So I ordered the canopy to match. It will cut back on glare and look nice and finished.
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Ahh I see. Is that the aquaticlife 8 bulb fixture by chance?
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Ahh I see. Is that the aquaticlife 8 bulb fixture by chance?
No, it's not. Funny you mention that though, as that is the fixture I was going to buy brand new. This one is 2 years old, from Catalina, and does not have cooling fans, or 'actual' individual reflectors (it has a reflector bent and folded, surrounding each light). Not exactly what I had wanted, but for $115, I'm not complaining. I purchased this until I can get LED's. I'm going to switch out the bulbs for ATI or Giesemann bulbs.

If I'm able to lay the light fixture down on the glass top of the aquarium, I can then put it into my canopy. Not sure if it's a good idea to lay on top of the glass so close, though.
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The only issue I have with how it is currently set up is that when I sit on the couch, it's BLINDING! Makes the whole room glow, where the canopy looked nice, and kept the excess light in the tank only.
Same thing.. built a canopy, problem solved!
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Great pickup! $115 is killer. lol Glad you like that app, I've been hawking it on this site for some time, it's how I get my killer deals too.
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