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Old 09-15-2011, 03:09 PM   #21
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I'm sorry for the confusion. I was looking for 6500k based on MrX's suggestions on the first page of this thread. I was thinking of buying a 6 lamp T5 fixture and going with:

2 ATI Blue Plus
1 ATI Purple Plus

And for daylights:
2 ATI Aquablue specials
1 GE 6500k

I'm just wondering if i should go with a 3rd ATI aquablue or get that GE 6500k i mentioned in the link above.
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Old 09-15-2011, 03:46 PM   #22
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I'm sorry for the confusion. I was looking for 6500k based on MrX's suggestions on the first page of this thread. I was thinking of buying a 6 lamp T5 fixture and going with:

2 ATI Blue Plus
1 ATI Purple Plus

And for daylights:
2 ATI Aquablue specials
1 GE 6500k

I'm just wondering if i should go with a 3rd ATI aquablue or get that GE 6500k i mentioned in the link above.
10-4. But the fixture you are looking at is 5' long? I have a 36" tank but I am using a 4' long fixture for the DIY project. I will shield the ends of it so as to not spill light all around the aquarium. Then, when I upgrade the tank it will fit great for a 4' tank but even if I go 5' on the new tank, I think it will suffice. Since I will be suspending it from the ceiling I don't have to worry about how it sits on the tank.
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Old 09-15-2011, 04:46 PM   #23
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My tank is 5' long, so i figured i needed a 5' long fixture and by the leg attachments to sit on top of the aquarium:

Sunlight Supply TEK Light T5 Fixture - English

Think that's too much? Should i go with a 48" fixture and hang it via a canopy or something? Ideally i'd love to do all corals and clams. Would it be better to go with an 48" fixture but go with 8 lamps?

Sorry for the questions, just not sure about how to handle my lighting.
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Old 09-15-2011, 04:54 PM   #24
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Wish I could give you an answer with confidence. I would say that having lamps for the full length of the tank would not be overkill by any means. Mr_X would be better suited but I know what I would do. LOL If you go with a 4' fixture it will be much easier to find the lamps you need now and in the future but, you would have to hang them or build a floor mount stand that hangs over the tank. You also would have darker areas at the ends of the tank. In my tank, I leave the ends open so the fish can circle the rock structure so I don't think it would be that big of deal.

My situation is a bit different. I bought a 36" two lamp fixture when I set the tank up because I thought that had to be plenty of light. Now I realize how dumb I was. So, since I can't go out and buy what I want, I am using a fixture that was damaged in shipment and we couldn't install. The manufacturer sent us a replacement and told us to "Field Scrap" the damaged one so I "Scrapped" it to my garage. LOL Even though it will overhang my tank, I am going to use it because I am cheap. LOL Plus, if I upgrade the tank I won't have to upgrade the fixture.
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Old 09-15-2011, 08:53 PM   #25
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rick- get the 5', eight lamp fixture!

just a FYI- giesemann, which is also the maker of very good lamps, makes a bulb in the 8800k color temp called "aquaflora", as well as a bulb called "aqua pink".
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Old 09-15-2011, 11:06 PM   #26
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I'd love to get the 5' eight lamp fixture. It just comes down to $. If i were to go with the 5' eight lamp, what bulbs would you recommend?
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ATI Blue Plus
ATI 12000K Aquablue
ATI Blue plus
Fiji Purple (or purple plus)
GE 6500K Daylight
ATI Blue plus
UV Lighting 10000K AquaSun
ATI Blue plus
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ATI Blue Plus
ATI 12000K Aquablue
ATI Blue plus
Fiji Purple (or purple plus)
GE 6500K Daylight
ATI Blue plus
UV Lighting 10000K AquaSun
ATI Blue plus
Hey Mr X
I saw you recommending this combo multiple times and I tried doing it with minor tweaking due to availability and dog breaking one of the blue plus >.<
I have a 120g tank, distance from fixture to sand is 24" and the light is SUPER bright. I mean I bet u can see our house from mars!!
My question: too much light?! How do I know if I got to much without adding coral? Im worried that the coral from my current tank will be negatively affected. It's a 8x80w 60" sunlight supply tek...
Thx for the help
And sorry for hijacking the thread
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Yeah i should have apologized as well RD. At least we're all learning from the master
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