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Old 05-02-2011, 01:32 PM   #11
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Also, i should get one white bulb and one blue bulb? Does it have the ability to do the night time lunar look?
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Old 05-02-2011, 01:37 PM   #12
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Amazon.com: New 48" 216W T5 Aquarium Light Fixture Reef Fish Tank Light: Kitchen & Dining

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Old 05-02-2011, 01:41 PM   #13
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Actually...scratch that last post...i looked to quick.
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Old 05-02-2011, 01:54 PM   #14
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If you want the lunar look, get moon lights, they are LEDs. I would not put an actinic on a FW planted tank personally, it doesn't hurt anything but I prefer using light in the spectrum that the plants can use it easier (~6500k-~10000k)

Some fixtures have moonlights on them, i know that catalina and i believe fishneedit fixtures have optional ones that can be added fairly cheap.
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:09 PM   #15
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T5 PLANT GROW HOOD

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Old 05-02-2011, 02:14 PM   #16
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I've actually been considering getting that one for my 125. You will definitely end up needing to use pressurized co2 if you try to run all 3 bulbs. I think 3 is overkill personally unless you are planning a really high tech planted tank. But one nice thing is that fixture has multiple switches so you can set it accordingly.
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Yea, i'm just looking for something that will support the growth of medium light plants, with the lunar moonlight look at night. I guess i should just go with the fishneedit.com light, with two white lights. Now do i do 6700K or 10000k? And to support my lunar light obsession just get the LED strips they sell?
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:33 PM   #18
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I don't know of any fixtures off the top of my head that have the LED moonlights in them that I could recommend, but there are several.


If you go with a separate setup for the moonlights, google around and check ebay, there are alot of options and some are very cheap.

I'd go with 6700k bulbs. If you want a whiter light, then go with one 6700k and one 10000k.
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:40 PM   #19
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Thanks Jeta, Lemme ask this question if I was just to have low to medium light plants, would I not be able to grow them with the type of light below? Like they say you can never have too much filtration, can you have to much light?

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Yes you can have too much light. Too much light is often the reason behind algae issues that people have in their planted tanks.

Personally I would only run 1 of those bulbs if I wasn't adding Co2. Once I got a regular liquid co2 dosing routine or pressurized co2 I'd add a second light, but in a 55g I wouldn't ever want to run all 4 of them.

I think your best bet would be a 2x54w (6500k-10000k) w/ moon lights, preferably one that has independent switches for each light.
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