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Old 06-17-2012, 05:51 PM   #1
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Home Depot T5 HO

Today I went to home depot to check out their lights. I saw a 4ft long 2 bulb t5 ho light fixture for only 40 dollars. It said 50 watt a bulb each. If I bought this light fixture, would I be able to keep an anemone and lps corals? My tank is 4ft long and 20inches deep. Thanks!
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Old 06-17-2012, 07:17 PM   #2
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I'd go with 2 or 3 you'll be better off with at least 200 watts Change the bulbs though as the stock bulbs are warm (6500 K) color and will grow algae like mad
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I believe those are T5, not T5HO
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The box itself stated T5 HO. Do they sell bulbs there that with different kelvin?
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Any reefers know if this light fixture would be good?
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:00 PM   #6
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whats the name of the fixture? Id like to get one.
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:49 PM   #7
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I didn't really check if there was a name on the box, it just said t5 HO lift fixture. There was an example one hanging on the side and it was really bright, kinda hurt my eyes by looking at it too long.
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The box itself stated T5 HO. Do they sell bulbs there that with different kelvin?
Probably not at Home Depot. You're probably going to have order what you need online or pick them up at your LFS. Mail order you can get the bulbs you need for about $20 each. Unfortunately, that takes a $50 to $90 pretty quick, not including shipping. (The LFS around me want about $35 per bulb BTW.) Since you need at least 2 for a nem, that's $180.

Here's a 4 bulb T5HO for $150 including bulbs:

4Ft/4Bulbs fixture

I don't imagine htese are great bulbs by any stretch, but I think it ends up being a lot more economical than the Home Depot route.
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Can't I just buy 48" bulbs at my LFS and put them into the light fixture?
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Can't I just buy 48" bulbs at my LFS and put them into the light fixture?
Sure you could! Again, keep in mind that your LFS will likely charge $20 or more per bulb. Also, if your object is to be able to keep a photosynthetic anemone, you need two two-bulb fixtures. That's $100 in fixtures plus $80 in bulbs. $180 > $150.
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