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Old 04-09-2013, 06:51 PM   #1
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What's the difference between T5 fixtures and regular fluorescent fixtures ?
Do they use the same ballast and fixture ?
Are T5 just as good as metal halide ?
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What's the difference between T5 fixtures and regular fluorescent fixtures ?
Do they use the same ballast and fixture ?
Are T5 just as good as metal halide ?
I'll take a stab at this. Regular fluorescent fixtures won't support much corals at all. T5 HO (high output) are great for coral growth and many use them in conjunction with metal halides and have great success. I wouldn't say T5's are as good as metal halides. Some of it is preference. I'm not a light guru and hopefully more experienced members will offer help. I have LED's.

I think T5's are great. If your doing a FOWLR then lighting isn't as important IMO.
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Are they they same fixture?

Just different bulbs ?
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Are they they same fixture?

Just different bulbs ?
T5's are different all together. Metal halides as well...
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I recently bought a T5 fixture .
It has 6 bulbs .
The day lights are 3 white and 1 blue bulb .
And the night lights are 2 blue .
How long should I leave day lights on ?
Should I run the blue night lights all the time or just at night ?
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I would say that high output T5's are every bit as good as metal halides, and penetrate just as well.
To answer your question I must first as if you have photosynthetic creatures in the tank. If you have corals/clams/anemones, I would suggest you run all lamps at least 8 hours. they should be on a timer so that there is a definite night time period as well. You should run the night lights (if you want to) an hour before and an hour after all lamps are lit, just to give the tank a morning/evening transition. This is personal preference though, because this transition does nothing to benefit photosynthetic creatures.
bottom line- all lights on for at least 8 hours, and all lights off at some point during the night.
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I would say that high output T5's are every bit as good as metal halides, and penetrate just as well.
To answer your question I must first as if you have photosynthetic creatures in the tank. If you have corals/clams/anemones, I would suggest you run all lamps at least 8 hours. they should be on a timer so that there is a definite night time period as well. You should run the night lights (if you want to) an hour before and an hour after all lamps are lit, just to give the tank a morning/evening transition. This is personal preference though, because this transition does nothing to benefit photosynthetic creatures.
bottom line- all lights on for at least 8 hours, and all lights off at some point during the night.
There is nothing in the tank yet.
I just purchased the skimmer last weekend ,
And wanted lights and skimmer before adding anything .
All parameters are good .
It has been over a month since it has cycled .
Back to the lights .
Total darkness is ok ?
I read something to the affect saying total darkness isn't good cause in nature the moon lights the water .
Unless you are deeper there will never be total darkness
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