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Old 12-15-2011, 05:37 PM   #11
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btw, i must add that i would use quality, individually reflected fixtures, or retros for this purpose.
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Old 12-15-2011, 11:11 PM   #12
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Thanks for the input on the t5 lighting.

going the t5 route should save me quite a bit in electricity consumption.

any idea what kelvin ratings I should get?

I have about a dozen 4ft fixtures I can use.

How high above the water should I hang them?
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Old 12-15-2011, 11:19 PM   #13
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i would place them 6 inches above, look into ATI t5 lamps i would go with 4 blue plus, 2aquablue special 1 purple plus and an actinic per 8 lamp fixture, or you could go the route mr.x did and go 3 aqua blue special 1 purple plus and 4 blue plus and look into tekk or icecapp reflectors for each lamp if you are goign to use the fixtures you have
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if your fixtures are individually reflected, you can use them the way they are. t5 configurations are up to the individual for the most part. the most important bulb in my opinion is the ATI blue plus. you gotta have a few of them in each fixture. get them and put them up against any blue bulb and you'll see why.
i would go with high end lamps like ATI, and Giesemann.
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doug you always forget KZ, its beed said that KZ put out the same PAR as ATI but their coral light I has been claimed to put out the most PAR of any day light lamp, but it is rated at 10000k where as their coral light II is 14000k and ATIs aquablue is 12000k
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Old 12-26-2011, 06:29 PM   #16
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Do you guys know anything about LEDs ?

Seems to be alot of conflicting information online.

from what I've read about them, LEDs don't have the higher k ratings ( over 10 000k) but they still seem to work well.

could I not just use a bunch of ultra bright white led fixtures and some deep blue ones?

There's led bulbs that basically look like pot lights( they have 48-102 LEDs per bulb) .

As far as the 8 lamp fixtures go,

Would this work, http://www.sunleaves.com/detail.asp?sku=SPG108

I have a friend with a few of these that he wouldn't mind parting with.
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Old 12-26-2011, 07:19 PM   #17
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Hydrofarm T5 4FT Designer Fluorescent Grow Lights - Plantlighting Hydroponics & Grow Lights

heres a good thing for pricing, and i know they hydrofarms are a good quality fixture, i have a 4x24 over mine and mrx is used the 8x54 over his old one 150g and now his new 265g

as for LEDs go they are totally capable and just because the one bulb doesn't have anythign over a 10000k doesn't mean you can't get the light spectrum you're looking for. if you're up for DIY LEDs then look at www.rapidled.com they have great prices and the LEDs they use are proven to put out the PAR, and it all depends what types of corals you want to grow, SPS and clams you should aim for 1 LED per 16-18 square inches for LPS and softies aim for one per 19-22 square inches
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1 LED covers a, 16" square area? Are you sure about that? That doesn't sound right. No fixture to date has a single LED covering that kind of space.


i do agree that the hydrofarm fixtures are excellent for your application.
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1 LED covers a, 16" square area? Are you sure about that? That doesn't sound right. No fixture to date has a single LED covering that kind of space.


i do agree that the hydrofarm fixtures are excellent for your application.
Would one of the hydrofarm 8 light fixtures work well on my 5 foot 120 gallon tank?
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Would one of the hydrofarm 8 light fixtures work well on my 5 foot 120 gallon tank?
Yea it should. Even for SPS
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