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Old 04-20-2011, 10:13 PM   #11
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Silly quesrion, but will a 8 x 39 be a 36" or a 72"?
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mr. x you should show some pics of your reef with T5s, its incredible.
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Silly quesrion, but will a 8 x 39 be a 36" or a 72"?
well its a 36" but two side by side = 72" with 16 39watt tubes
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8 x 39 would be a 36" fixture......times 2. i just like to have 2 fixtures, because down the road when you want to sell them, it will be easier to sell the 36"ers IMO.
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Thanks for clarifying for me. I think that sounds reasonable. What if the 125g I get has 2 center support braces? I've seen newer tanks with that.....
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:22 PM   #16
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I've been looking at this fixture in a 72", but the 36" one only has 6 bulbs. Comparable? i can't seem to find any 8 bulb units yet.

http://www.fosterandsmithaquatics.co...0&pcatid=18700
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then you have a brace in the way of the light. you can probably get a costum 125 built for you with only a single center brace. if you want you can also get a wider shallower tank which will be easier to light. rather then go with the standard 125 gallons which are 22" tall x 18" wide you can go with 18" tall by 22" wide or go 24" and have a beautiful aquascape
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well with T5s some would recommend goign with 1 lamp every 3-4 inches so on an 18" wide aquarium 6 lamps should be fine, but 8 is best to be able to keep SPS on the sand bed
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Thanks for clarifying for me. I think that sounds reasonable. What if the 125g I get has 2 center support braces? I've seen newer tanks with that.....
that's a good unit. i had one of them on a 30 breeder and it worked great. you could use 2 of those. just put high end lamps in them.

2 braces won't hurt you. you'll just have to hang the fixture(s), which i prefer anyway. those mounting legs are too short IMO. you can barely get your hand in the tank.
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I would def put good lamps in.

I have vaulted ceilings in my house so hanging isn't an option without getting crazy. lol I have the cant fit my hand in the tank problem with my current 48" lights so I guess i would have to learn to live with it.

Thanks very much X, I like getting your input, especially on lights.
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