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Old 04-17-2011, 09:33 AM   #1
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new 180

Just picked up a 180 g gonna slowly start putting it together. I am looking for lighting ideas. I want them to be able to support most corals.
If any one has done any diy projects how much money do you save? And are tree any good sited that have some good sets of plans?
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Old 04-18-2011, 07:30 PM   #2
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Anything? Or at least a link to a decent site to look at differnt lighting options? I know I can go with the t5s or halides but I have also heard that the leds are getting cheaper and better. Thoughts thank you?
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i recommend T5HOs, would need your tank dimensions but would say two 3' fixtures with 8 lamps in each should be sufficiant lighting for that
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it is a standard 180 6 ft by 2ft by 2 ft.
i would go with T5HO they put out plenty of light and they run cooler then mh and cheaper
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:13 PM   #5
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I am currently running a 90 with T5's but it us only a fowlr and would like to transition to a reef. Hence my question about lighting. And to the earlier post abt previous lighting threads I don't currently have a computer so I am using the app for my phone so it is not easy to search older posts.
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hm t5 is the best option any idea on what you want to keep
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how many bulbs in the t5? and your planning to upgrade to a 180 in the future?
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i would go with T5HO they put out plenty of light and they run cooler then mh and cheaper

and more energy efficiant. with good bulbs they can make corals glow like no tomorrow.

as far as LEDs they are still pricey but are powerful wit hthe right reflectors
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Old 04-19-2011, 01:36 PM   #9
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I have 4 t5s on my 90 and yes i already have the 180. I am not sure on what type of corals yet. It is gonna start off mostly fish and gonna slowly incorporate corals since I have never had them before. So I want to make sure all my levels to be perfect or as close as possible first. That being said I don't want to get lighting and then find out it is insuficiant for something I want in the future.

I have been looking at 72 in 8 or 10 bulb t5s or the other option is three 2ft MH with a couple t5s for color.
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check out this light fixture Aquarium Lighting for Reef Systems: Current Nova Extreme Pro Saltwater T-5 Fixtures
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