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Old 04-03-2009, 11:48 PM   #1
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48" 216w T5HO or a 260w PC fixture?

I am starting a 55gallon reef tank. I just want to keep softies, mushrooms, and zoos and maybe some Acans. I have the option to puchase a 216w T5HO fixture with individual reflectors 2 10k bulbs and 2 actinics or a 260w PC fixture?

I think the t5s will give me more bulb combos but i dont know if 216 is enough watts for a 55 gallon. I have been told that t5s are also a bit more effecient.

What do you all think. Prices for the two lights are the same?


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I would go for the 216w T5HO fixture. The T5 bulbs have a higher intensity than the pc.

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T5's are better performers, but also depending on the manufacturer.
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I agree with James that T5`s are better. Moved to General Hardware and equipment discussion.
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