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Old 07-05-2011, 01:09 PM   #1
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1 -48 inch t5 v/s 2 24 inch t5 bulbs

I am looking for ideas when I upgrade my lighting. Right now there's a pair of 24 inch fixtures with a t-8 18" bulb in each. Its a 12'' x 48'' top 60 gallon. Is there any reason to upgrade to t-5's if I don't plan on corals? Do I need to consider price, is it cheaper to replace 2 48's or 4 shorter bulbs? Will the 48'' bulbs fall short on the amount of light I need?
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If you have no desire for corals then your lights are fine. You could change the color of the bulb or something but fish don't require T5's.
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From what Ive looked up, the bulbs are the same price pretty much. 1- 24'' cost the same as 1 -48''. But... will 2 bulbs give more light?
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OK thanks! But If decide to add corals, 2 t-5s or 4?
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4 48" T5s if you're gonna go the coral route.
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Old 07-05-2011, 02:23 PM   #6
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I have seen hoods with pl ( compact) bulbs. There U shaped with 4 pins on 1 end. Anyone used these?
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