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Old 11-10-2011, 01:22 AM   #11
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Ohhh ok
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Old 11-15-2011, 04:37 PM   #12
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I just attempted the same thing and found no HO fixtures at HD. I ended up buying more t8 but I wish i had just ordered the ho fixture instead. If its 20$ it too good to be true.
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i have only seen them online but u can get the HO bulbs in store up to 36 inches
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I still wanna know if the normal output t5 fixtures would provide better lighting than a t8
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Old 11-15-2011, 05:52 PM   #15
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This graph might help

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Ah it does help. I want a medium light tank so a two bulb fixture of t5 normal output would work for my situation.
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That graph that was linked is from plantedtank and it assumes that you are using good quality fixtures/bulbs with good reflectors, just something to keep in mind. For the most part, the big box store type fixtures are not emphasizing performance at all.
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We have the HD T5NO lights mounted in our racks. They are great for lower light plants (mossses, ferns, anubias, some crypts and swords, etc), but won't grow much more.
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That graph that was linked is from plantedtank and it assumes that you are using good quality fixtures/bulbs with good reflectors, just something to keep in mind. For the most part, the big box store type fixtures are not emphasizing performance at all.
true and it will also depends on the fixture too!!!

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We have the HD T5NO lights mounted in our racks. They are great for lower light plants (mossses, ferns, anubias, some crypts and swords, etc), but won't grow much more.
oh ok i was wondering that too!!
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:09 AM   #20
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yeah, i would have to take issue with the pc part of that graph, I know my power compact lights at 24" are way brighter than anything else we have here (normal t5, spiral fluorescent and led) at the same depth.
When I first started I was worried as the wattage was below the watt per gallon (bad rule I know), but these have proven to be almost too much light (2X96w PC @10K) over a 125 gallon tank.
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