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Old 06-19-2012, 12:16 PM   #31
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I've also heard from many people that beginners should always begin with bigger tanks. Easier to maintain and less of a hassle.
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:14 PM   #32
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I've also heard from many people that beginners should always begin with bigger tanks. Easier to maintain and less of a hassle.
Yes but usually more money. For reference i have a 29g mixed reef that ive easily spent 2-3 grand on. Between salt, water, bulbs, livestock, food, supplements etc. the yearly operating costs are pretty significant.
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Aquarium lighting is sealed from splash and salt creep. If you splashed those lights, pop..... And saltcreep will corrode the fixture and cause shorts, leaching etc. lights build for aquariums are coated with a non-corrosive material.
This is not always true. Many aquarium fixtures have no protection from water.
I've used hydroponics fixtures right next to aquarium fixtures and had no ill effects. Sunlight supply's "Tek" fixture is the one I am speaking of in particular, but there are many crafted the same way.
Even the ones with "waterproof endcaps" are simply a rubber gasket on the bulb end. If you sink that fixture in the water, you are gonna get a wake up call.

Bottom line is, you should not have any lighting close enough to water to get it wet.
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Splash, evap and corrosion are the main concerns, all of which is atleast somewhat addressed with the tek lights. Submerging any light would be bad. This is even address with hydroponic grow lights, however it is not address in shop lights from home depot lol. Was the point i was making.
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Actually, the protective coating on aquarium fixtures is paint. The same paint used on any other fixture for general purpose. general lighting is used in indoor pool rooms where evaporation and humidity is much higher than above most people's tanks without any worry or ill effects. Splash any aquarium fixture enough and it will corrode.
the only differences one would need to worry about are looks, and reflectors.
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:48 PM   #36
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So would you say buying home depot t5 HO are good or bad?
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So would you say buying home depot t5 HO are good or bad?
You definitely can use it. I would just put a piece of plastic/plexi glass on the front to make a splash guard. I would have done the same thing but when I was looking my homedepot didnt sell t5s.
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Yeah, I don't have an open top on my tank. I have it all covered with a glass top.
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Do you have a link to this light? I haven't seen any t5ho's at home depot either unless you are talking about the undercabinet lighting type stuff.

Generally speaking it's probably a lot cheaper to get a t5ho fixture with the correct bulbs in it off ebay or aquatraders or wherever than to buy a fixture locally and then have to buy the proper bulbs for it. Plus you have an option of higher quality stuff.
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I saw it at the store not online.
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