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Old 01-10-2013, 02:34 PM   #11
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HO T5s are the best for beginners, the have the watts, and can be mounted almost any position. Also can be done as an ez Dyi project. We aim for 3-4 watts per gallon of water in the tank. This changes with depth of corse.
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yes, more light is always good, but what I was saying is that you have a budget on how much you can spend from wat it looks like, spend way too much on your light could just tight up your spending on everything else. As a vendor, I don't mind my client buy the most expensive product that I have. however, as part of the community, I would rather see people get the balance when purchasing equipments.

Here is a 4 ft tank under 2x 108W LED (36x3W bridgelux) sorry the pic is really small lol


and here is a 4ft tank under 3x 90W LED (mix with 5w and 3w CREE)


What you need to becareful with some of the "Taotonic fixtures" like this
when you place right on top of your tank it has lots light

but when it move up a bit and all the light are gone
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I guess whatever lights I get if they have a fan on the top I could always cut out a hole on the top of the canopy for the fan. Took me a while to think of that. LOL
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well the one I carry doesn't have any fan on top of the fixtures, but they are not the cheapest you can get out there.

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HO T5s are the best for beginners, the have the watts, and can be mounted almost any position. Also can be done as an ez Dyi project. We aim for 3-4 watts per gallon of water in the tank. This changes with depth of corse.
I have two bulbs that are 124 watt HO and 2 bulbs that are 54 watt actinics. Does this mean I'm running 356 watts to my tank?
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:00 PM   #16
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well the one I carry doesn't have any fan on top of the fixtures, but they are not the cheapest you can get out there.
Does that come in a 48 inch?
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yes, but do you have a center bracer tho? cuz if you do you have to use 2 x24". 1 controller can control up to 4 fixtures in total.
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yes, but do you have a center bracer tho? cuz if you do you have to use 2 x24". 1 controller can control up to 4 fixtures in total.

Yes it has a clear brace. (I assume thats what your talking about) So I could get a 24 inch for the side I have the anenomie on for now and keep using the LED system I currently have then later on get another 24 inch. Hmmmmm I just took a look at your website. Lights look really cool and the controller is sweet!


So 2 of the aQ.Pro 24" Bridgelux might work and a controller. Thats a nice set up.
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yup, same kind of set up the guy who used in the pic of that tiny picture lol
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Yes that is your watts of light output, but remember your lighting should have some umf to penetrate the water. As you go down in your tank the light refracts, dissipates and thus lowers your total amount of lumens your tank inhabitants need. I find the 250 watt neighborhood is good for a 50 gal with a depth of 18"-24". Btw t5 lights will give you a more even spread of light, less shadows gives you more space to place those lovely corals.
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