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Old 08-06-2013, 03:44 AM   #1
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T5ho for 46 gallon bow?

Just starting to build a new 46 gallon tank that I way to house only a nem and clowns. Currently looking at a aquatic life t5ho dual bulb 79 watts. Can this be used as proper lighting or do I need more bulbs? I know nothing about t5 specs as I run two AI Vegas on my 75 gallon reef currently. Just don't want to have to pay a small fortune again for a second tank.
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Old 08-06-2013, 04:14 AM   #2
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You're going to need a much stronger light than that one. If you had your heart set on t5ho then you will probably need 2 of those fixtures over your tank. I have 1 over my 55g fresh tank and it can't support anything more than medium light plants.

It might be a good idea to look at these LEDs

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They are both highly recommended and affordable.
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:56 AM   #3
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Thanks I will have to look into them!
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:44 AM   #4
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I had one LEDs listed above over a 46 bow, no problems more higher light corals in the middle lower light to the sides. You will love it.
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:17 PM   #5
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Sweet ill have to look into it. Someone else told me to just get another one of the t5 fixtures that I have now but that wouldn't work would it?
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Possibly... but you are looking at spending a nearly identical amount of money on the aquatic life fixture.
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:30 PM   #7
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Would it be possible to run two of these fixtures with ati bulbs? So in all it would be 4x39 watt ati bulbs. I would do the led but the cross beam in the middle of the bow might hold me up.
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Well I'm getting the fixture from a buddy and I'm getting it for 40 bucks. So I'm not paying full retail. I only bought the one because he thought he had someone else buying the other but it fell through. He has given up on reefing because he thinks its to much work.
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So in all I would be paying 80 plus bulbs. Could I run two leds that you mentioned if possible? Would that be to much light?
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I just don't want to burn them up if I were to put two in...I had that problem with my AI system.
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