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Old 05-11-2015, 05:08 PM   #1
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Lighting options

I have just been offered a T5HO 24" 4 bulb fixture for my tank - will this be a good interim option until I get a 165W dimmable unit?

I have a 36 gal tank currently.


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Old 05-11-2015, 08:37 PM   #2
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Good for what exactly? There isn't anything wrong with bulbed units, but it depends on what the goal is.
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Old 05-11-2015, 08:47 PM   #3
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Well, currently all I have over my tank is a single 24" 50/50 10k/actinic t8 bulb. I would eventually love to add corals or a BTA, and I know my lighting is far from adequate.

The person who offered it actually dropped past my house... with the lights, a protein skimmer, wet/dry filter and a phosphate reactor.

I just about passed out - now all I have to do is figure out how to set it all up.


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Well the lights are an improvement, that is for sure. If this is the 36 bowfront, that won't be enough light for an anemone. I tried and failed with mine until I upgraded.
Either way, grats on the free loot! If you have 1 lbs of rock per gallon, you won't need the wet/dry filter, but the rest will be a great addition.
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You are right, it is the bowfront (are there any other tanks that are even that volume?)

Although, if I could swing it, I'd love to swap out my tanks - I have a 50gal FW tank that is only about 2/3 the height of the bowfront. I guess I theoretically do it if I invested in a few more 5gal paint buckets. What do you think, Hank? Would it be worth the effort?

Oh no, now I have the wheels turning. This is never a good thing


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Once you get started you'll always want to upgrade. Whatever makes you happy, but swapping tanks out seems like too much work to me.
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Personally I would say its worth the hassle and more water volume will mean a more stable marine tank.

I'm into shallow tanks so I've never had an issue for lighting.
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