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Old 12-19-2015, 09:28 AM   #91
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T5's will put out nearly the same heat as halides will. It's just spread over the length of the 4 lamps, and not in one small area. Both will need replacing every 9 months or so as well, which can be pricey.
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Old 12-20-2015, 10:08 AM   #92
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T5's will put out nearly the same heat as halides will. It's just spread over the length of the 4 lamps, and not in one small area. Both will need replacing every 9 months or so as well, which can be pricey.
Heats not really a concern. I keep my house at 65 degrees.

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Old 12-20-2015, 10:27 AM   #93
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The possibility of making the tank water temp fluctuate is the concern.
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The possibility of making the tank water temp fluctuate is the concern.
What I'm getting at is with the house at 65 and my aquarium at 80 degrees. I don't think it's possible with either lighting to exceed the 80 degree mark. Metal halides maybe if you put them close enough to the water but then you wouldn't get the spread of light needed to evenly light the tank.

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Halides and t5's heat the water about the same in my experience. How about at night...what does the temp go down to when the lights have been off for 8 hours? Are your heater(s) keeping it at 80 still?
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Old 12-23-2015, 04:46 PM   #96
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Yes I have 2 300 watt heaters. They maintain it within .2 degrees

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Old 12-23-2015, 04:46 PM   #97
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I'm thinking definitely t5 led combo now. A 4 bulb ati sunpower in conjunction with my buildmyled 14k.

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Ok. Any reason why you think you need T5 or halides in conjunction with your LEDs? I've ran tanks solely on LEDs for years with no problems, as did/does many others, and could grow anything. It's just that T5 and halides are now obsolete, and I'd like to spare you the wasted cash. Are you not getting something out of your current lighting?
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Honestly I've gotten okay growth out of leds. I've just gotten much better from other lights especially halides. And your right about halides becoming obsolete I'm seeing a significantly smaller selection lately which is what deterred me from them. Which is why I'm going for a t5/led hybrid. The color from t5 is unmatched in my opinion and they are far from obsolete and it's still easy to get replacement bulbs. I'm deployed for 3 more months so I've got that time to figure it out I guess. If I do end up going with another led it will be another buildmyled. I've seen several others and bml as the best color blending by far and none of the the disco ball effect.

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Well, what I meant by obsolete is that they use a lot of electricity to achieve a goal which can be achieved with much less energy now, not to mention that those easy to get lamps are expensive. If you like the color better, then there's an excellent reason to use them.
Some guys still think metal halides look and perform best.
I've seen similar growth and coloration out of all three sources, so I chose the most energy efficient.
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