Originally Posted by Delapool
It does seem strange but can't comment much on the SW
equipment side. There are some really expensive t5 lights here that can be bought but for the price I could get the LEDs.
That's an interesting thought on the way the two different lights throw light. Like chalk and cheese I've found. I don't know how t5ho's compare to metal halides - could they be an option?
I'll often see LEDs compared to MH
equivalent so I'm assuming MHs might still be the benchmark?
I think your right with the MHs being the benchmark still. Being used so successfully for so long I don't think that will change soon. I haven't much considered MHs because I heard they run hot and could really effect tank temp and not to mention are (from what I remember) more expensive to run. My fiancé is literally the type to use the heater in summer lol. I don't want to run into temp issues.
I won't rule out MHs completely though..I just need to do more reading.
My initial thought was that I just wanted a little extra light spread more evenly around my tank. Which I'm hoping adding a 2 bulb HO
t5 will do with the right bulbs. I feel like with my LEDs I have a lot of shading and although my corals are doing well I see new polyps come and go on my Zoas due to to being shaded out. I know it's going to happen to some extent but it's leaving patches and it looks weird. I guess a couple different factors could come into this too. Like aquascape and how far apart my led
units are from each other. I've considered maybe just adding another LED
unit to add more light. But I come back to even lighting spread.
I'm really taking to the led
/t5 setup to being a good combo if done right but I hope I can take advantage of it without completely redoing what I've already spent money on.
Those Giesemann T5 fixtures are really nice but even if I had the money to spend on the most expensive equipment I don't know if I would. Maybe it's one of those situations where I've never had the best so I don't know what it's like..but I couldn't see myself buying into an item enough to pay that price. Lately I've considered even ditching my apex. I probably won't because my fiancé got it for me for Christmas...and I do like it.. But I don't know if I love it as much as I'd hoped. The thing that turns me away from most equipment and why I keep my tank simple is the amazingly high cost of things I just don't believe are worth the price.
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