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Old 08-25-2012, 02:09 PM   #1
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Hi there I was wondering if anyone can help me with a question. I am converting my 100gal tank from fresh water to salt water, I am thinking of starting with live rock n fish only to start. My question being do I need special lighting for this set up or can the regular light fixture work? If I do need a new one is led better than t5 or is it just new technology that work the same?
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Old 08-25-2012, 02:17 PM   #2
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For fowlr you could put shop lights on the tank if you wanted to it the fish don't really care as long as your not blinding them lol. If you ask me though get your reef lights now so you don't have to make 2 purchases if your thinking about new lights now.
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Old 08-25-2012, 02:43 PM   #3
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He's right. You can use what lights you had on the tank for a FOWLER tank but if you are going to buy new ones, and think there is a chance that you may want corals or anemones even, look into spending more upfront and get reef lighting. I'm doing this now...anything you buy for your tank, keep "reef" in mind when you do. It will save you a TON of money in the long run! Having to upgrade my protein skimmer now for example when initially I probably could of spent an extra $50-$75...
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Well thank u for advice.... When I do decide to get them, because eventually I will want to go reef tank, Are the LED like the kessil better way to go than T5 or are they the same thing?
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Old 08-25-2012, 02:54 PM   #5
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Both are reef capable but leds are cheaper to run and cooler. I have a 6 bulb t5 and switching to leds when I need a new bulb change since its about $150-$175 just for bulbs
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How much are each of your T5 bulbs?
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Old 08-25-2012, 03:04 PM   #7
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$23-$32 if I bought locally which if I have to pay shipping it'll end up negating the savings anyways : /
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Wow thank you, yeah guessing LED saves u alot more money in the long run...
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Old 08-25-2012, 03:07 PM   #9
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Something you should also know is t5s have no shimmer effect :*( lol
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Old 08-25-2012, 03:14 PM   #10
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Really oh ok then it's a definite yes for LED's... Now jus finding what I will need for my 5foot tank
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