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Old 09-03-2013, 05:47 PM   #31
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Well, first you need to figure out your budget. There are basic fixtures with no bells and whistles that work fine for a reasonable price, and then there are highline fixures that do all sorts of extra things for much more money. Both will grow corals fine, and both look nice, but you have to decide what you want.
Once that decision is made, we can direct you to some fixtures.
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:59 AM   #32
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I'm not looking for product direction on that question I'm looking for the comparrison of say a 12000k day light t5 bulb what do I need to look for with LEDs.
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There is no comparison to a t5 bulb and LEDs. You would have to mix blue and white until you got your desired color.
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Then why is it if I look at a t5 bulb and it has a scale of "sunlight" rating of 12000k and also look at a LED with the same scale for "sunlight" and its at 4900k. I guess I answered my original question. And corrected you mr.x.
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Huh? 12,000k is not 4900k. You would have to add some blue to that 4900k to make it look like the 12k T5 lamp.
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The 12000k is the intensity of the the t5 and the 4900k is the intensity of the led (kelvin) heat/sun ratings on bulbs.
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It's not the intensity. It's the color temp.
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Old 09-05-2013, 01:16 PM   #38
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The Kelvin rating is how hot you'd have to heat a black body (with no colour of its own) to to get it to glow a certain colour. A 4700K bulb is the same colour as a black body heated to 4700 degrees Kelvin (8000F) and would be glowing an orangy-white hot. A 12000K bulb or clack body would be more of a bluey-white hot.

A 4700K bulb is better for plant growth while the 12000K is closer to what corals like.
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Old 09-05-2013, 05:37 PM   #39
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This is the skimmer I will be using I bought the whole setup tank stand lights pumps skimmer powerheads heater for 100 $ they utilized everything as a hob but I don't want all the equipment on the tank itself I gutted the stand and got rid of the drawers to put in a sump the before and after on the stand are pictures included also.
What is the make of skimmer ?
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I have a 135g and I have a bubble mag nac6. That's prob about the size you need. My buddy has a 72g Bow front with a 10g sump with that same hob that you had and he tells me he has to clean the skimmer out every day.
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