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Old 08-30-2008, 12:25 PM   #11
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I don't have that particular fixture. I got my fixture before one was available with T5 bulbs. T5's are all about the reflector. You want a high quality parabolic reflector over each bulb (individual reflectors). That's what gives T5 bubs their POP. A good reflector increases light output several times over a flat or rectangular reflector.

QT does not require any special lighting unless you plan on QT for all corals for a 30 day period. I generally QT them for a couple of days, if that before adding them to my tank. I do give them a good swish in aged tank water before placing them in the main tank too. Not sure it helps all that much, but it makes me feel better
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I don't have that particular fixture. I got my fixture before one was available with T5 bulbs. T5's are all about the reflector. You want a high quality parabolic reflector over each bulb (individual reflectors). That's what gives T5 bubs their POP. A good reflector increases light output several times over a flat or rectangular reflector
I highly agree with this!. Just think about this, with no relfector you have ~1/2 the lighting being wasted, so having a great reflector you stand to gain 50% of your watts/lumens/lux(however you want to say it), thats with a perfect reflector(for this very general idea).
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Actually with a great parabolic reflector over a T5 tube you gain about 300% from what I've read. A well made parabolic reflector will put 95% - 99% of the tube's light output down into the tank. It focuses the light output that is normally lost to the sides and top of the tube back down into the tank.
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ok thanks for all the advice sorry i didn't answer for a while.
Do you know any sites that have the reflectors i looked on the web and all of the things ended up being lights.are there the reflectors in the light fixture?Also do i need an overflow box.

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Sorry for all the questions but i just want to clarify before i get the tank and everything. But what if the fish lay eggs because i haven't planned a breeder tank or a tank they can go into if the have them.I have had some freshwater fish the had eggs on the wall and the next day lots of them were gone and i saw a fish trying to eat them.I just don't want to have something like that happen again.


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