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Old 07-23-2009, 06:44 PM   #1
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Lighting T5

Ok well, i was just wondering if something like this would allow me to have all sorts of corals in my tank.


36" GLO Dual T5 HO 2 x 39W Lighting System by Hagen - AquaCave

I would buy a fixture like that and then i would buy HO T5 lamps. Would this be a good plan of action to have different sorts of corals in my tank?
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T5HO is the way to go. Plenty of intensity. How big is the tank? It might be enough for LPS or soft corals.
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Its a 55G tank. I would think the 36" would do the trick because im pretty sure my 55G is not 4' long lol. Id say its about 3' maybe a bit more. Its also around 15-17" high. That good?
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A standard 55 is a 4' tank. For that size tank, I'd look for at least a 4x54 bulb T5HO fixture. A 6x54 bulb fixture would give you more options.
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Are you sure? Because i really doubt that my 55G is 4' it doesnt look that long at all. Im currently at work, so i guess i'll have to measure it when i get home.

To be honest though, i dont think theres any way that i would buy a fixture with 4 bulbs. The cost for that thing over periods of time would be a hellish money-pit. I would go with a 2x54W fixture. It spits out more Wattage but still its only 2 bulbs. Does that sound like a good idea?
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Are you sure? Because i really doubt that my 55G is 4' it doesnt look that long at all. Im currently at work, so i guess i'll have to measure it when i get home.

If it's 3', it's a 50 or a custom.
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Idk, i still dont see my tank being 4' rofl. maybe my judgement of lengths is crap lol. xD

But still, do you think a 2x54W would still be enough for some nice corals and softies? Im really not looking to stock my tank with loads of different species of corals, i just want to be able to have some nice options. Not the whole shabang. Is its possible this way.
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No comment on the bad judgement of length. :X

Honestly, I'm not sure if that will be enough. I've never tried to have corals with that little light. It may be able to do some lower light corals (shrooms, zoas, etc), but you may be limited to just those.
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So then, what would you suggest to get for like.. a pretty wide range of corals to get? Like what light would be sufficient for some good varieties?
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But still, do you think a 2x54W would still be enough for some nice corals and softies?
It would be enough for some nice softies. Not enough for hard corals.
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