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Old 03-28-2007, 11:38 AM   #1
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help with aquarium lights

I currently have a freshwater tank and planning on switching it to saltwater. I have a 48" Coralife PC light with 2x65watt 6700K.

option one: add a T5 light
I saw a T5 light 2x28Watt 10000K and Actinic from coralife for a half decent price. Do I need to replace the PC bulbs if I just add the T5 light?

option two: replace the existing one and purchase a new one with 2x10000K and 2xActinic (much more expensive)

option three: ?????

I am looking to see what is the most cost effective way of upgrading the lights.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 03-28-2007, 11:42 AM   #2
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What size tank and what you want to do with the tank would be helpful.

Most cost effective lights are retrofit kits.
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Old 03-28-2007, 11:44 AM   #3
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Hi,
I have a 75g tank. I want to setup a fish and reef tank with it.

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Old 03-28-2007, 11:49 AM   #4
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If you want reef, your going to spend money on lights. There is no way around it.

2x175w MH and 2x110w VHO actinics would work great.
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Old 03-28-2007, 11:52 AM   #5
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Have you ever used copper medication in your FW tank?

As for lights it mostly depends on the kind of corals you want i.e. medium light or high light corals.

Once you tell us what you are interested in keeping we will be able to recommend the types of lights you need. Also due to the width of your tank more then likely you can use your current lights as well.
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Old 03-28-2007, 11:57 AM   #6
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I am not sure, but I will probably aim at corals that require medium light. I do hope to keep my origin lights, I can replace the current bulbs to 10000K. My current tank is only 18" high, so it is not very deep.

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You can keep your originals for supplemental light, but just them alone is not nearly enough for coral.
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If only interest in medium light corals then you could just buy a 48" 2X110W retrofit kit and use in conjunction with your current light for a total of 350W. (kit is about 8" wide)
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Old 03-28-2007, 12:06 PM   #9
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Thanks Mar118,
I can upgrade both bulbs to 10000K on my current light. I am looking at purchasing a T5 light fixture with 1x10000K and 1xActinic. Do you think this is sufficient enough for both fish and corals?
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Unfortunately another 60w of light isnt going to make much of a difference. Check out the VHO's tec has linked.
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