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Old 10-02-2013, 01:24 PM   #1
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Question Lights question 30 gal tank 24" long

Hello everybody,

im new to the hobby. transfeter from VFT growing

so my question is this

i am buying a GLO 24" lamp fixture with two bulbs in it and im not sure it is the right ones.. buy here are the bulbs in the fixture

http://www.petland.ca/life-glo-t5-ho...cent-bulb.html
http://www.petland.ca/power-glo-t5-h...cent-bulb.html

so one is 18000K(power) and one is 6500K(life).
but from my reading i am not sure if that will work.

what do you guys say?
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Old 10-02-2013, 03:17 PM   #2
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For a a salt water tank I would stay away from 6500k bulbs. I had a bulb burn out on my t5ho fixture and replaced it with a 6500k bulb I had on hand and it looked absolutely awful. If possible I would look for a 10000k bulb to go along with the 18000k.
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The thing is that the fixture comes with these inside... I will look for a bulb in 10000k to fit my size there. Thanks for the info.

I also have a sump tank that i am building..
If i want some rock and some good alge growing there what light should i use? Not the same..right? The intense stuff is for corals...?
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For my refugium I am using 2 clip on shop lights that I got for about $8 each along with some 6500k spiral CFL bulbs. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, just make sure the spectrum is in the 6500k range.
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That light will not support any corals except possibly mushrooms. At least a 4 bulb t5ho for corals. 6 bulb is better for mixed tanks. Personally I like LEDs and have been using the taotronics ttal-02 for some time now. ~$150-180 on eBay and they will grow anything.
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That light will not support any corals except possibly mushrooms. At least a 4 bulb t5ho for corals. 6 bulb is better for mixed tanks. Personally I like LEDs and have been using the taotronics ttal-02 for some time now. ~$150-180 on eBay and they will grow anything.
I feel like I should disagree with you on this. I had a dual t5ho light over my 20g high tank for quite some time and grew softies perfectly well. I had great luck with mushrooms, zoanthids, pulsing xenia, leathers, kenya tree, and a trumpet coral.


The growth however did improve greatly when I added a 120w led over my tank.
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So i better not buy those lights then if i want a mixed aquarium? Im a bit confused..
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Most would not reccomdend it. Especially if you want good color and growth from your corals
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Got it. Thanks ! You saved me allot of money

Can you find me a link for those led you were talking about? Or give me the names of a couple.. Im having trouble finding it..
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I also have a sump tank that i am building..
If i want some rock and some good alge growing there what light should i use? Not the same..right? The intense stuff is for corals...?
I would use a clip on light and put in an LED bulb. This is a cheap and easy solution that should cost around 20-$25 after everything is said and done. Will cost you around 5-$8 to run year long.

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For my refugium I am using 2 clip on shop lights that I got for about $8 each along with some 6500k spiral CFL bulbs. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, just make sure the spectrum is in the 6500k range.
Macro Algae will grow under any color temperature. Although 6500k temp is a good temp. However these higher temp bulbs are a bit more expensive than the more warm/ white color temps commonly found in all hardware stores.
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