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Old 11-09-2011, 11:06 AM   #11
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i would like the see a comparison, i've read a few articles about comparisons between some setups on a 75g stating the T5s gave better growth and color to the corals, as well as the corals branched out in all directions like they do in nature where as with the MH they corals branched towards the light source. the T5 fixture was 6x54watt while the MH was 2x250watt, but i can't remember if the MH was using supplemental lamps or just the MH alone and i'm not at home so i can get the link
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Old 11-09-2011, 11:22 AM   #12
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I will say that I would not have gone with a purely MH fixture over this tank. The main reason I wanted this fixture was for the supplemental T5 lights for coloring. The color combinations you can get with T5 bulbs IMO fully win over just MH bulbs on their own. Right now it has the stock bulbs which suck compared to some of the ATI blue+ and purple+ color bulbs. I will be changing out the T5's with more colorful bulbs soon.

On my 135g I had 4x VHO bulbs and got what I would consider the best color and growth (SPS and softies) out of those but they are def outdated tech.
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Old 11-09-2011, 11:29 AM   #13
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for sure, even in actual lighting they are out dated, but then again in box stores and warehouses T8s are used and whatever MH highbays were used are now beign replaced with T8 highbays

i totally agree with the way T5s color things up its just incredible and they still give a bit of a shimmer effect, but not liek LEDs are MH do
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i don't see any shimmer with T5s.
i have an extra 8 lamp t5 fixture you can borrow if you want to do a test. i'm not sure which bulbs are in it though....
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Doug,
I might have to take you up on that one day. I can take some pics with the MH and then the T5's for comparison.
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Old 11-10-2011, 10:28 PM   #16
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So after two days of running around
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Old 11-10-2011, 10:32 PM   #17
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So I have my tank up and starting to cycle. Just waiting on the water to clear now then I will test my water tomorrow. I'm super excited!
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Old 11-10-2011, 10:50 PM   #18
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What is your planned stocklist? I would recommend a trio of Blue Reef Chromis, a Midas Blenny, and an Algae Blenny. I love mine in my 90.
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90 Gallon Reef - 3 Blue-Green Chromis, 2 Ocellaris Clowns, 1 Kole Tang, 1 Midas Blenny, 1 Longnose Hawkfish, 1 Zebra Dartfish, 1 Algae Blenny, 1 Six-Line Wrasse
29 Biocube Reef - 1 Chalk Bass, 2 Black and White Clownfish, 1 Yellow Watchman Goby, 1 Fire Goby
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:17 AM   #19
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Since. I already have a 30g that I will be moving over into the 90 later, I'm not sure what I want to add. I have a tomato clown and a one other that I'm not sure what it is(he was given to me by a friend and havnt really figured out what kind he is. If I can get a good pic of him I will post it) a six line wrasse, yellow watchman goby. I have 2 pepppermint shrimp, a coral banded shrimp and a sally lightfoot crab, and several corals. I was quickly running out of room for everyone. I also have several corals as well.
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The first pic is one of the clown fish I am unsure of. The second is of my mushroom rock, and the third is a pic of some of my corals
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