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Old 07-13-2005, 10:49 PM   #11
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I think I am missing something....

After ordering this product from captivereefs.com

It came with 4 bulbs (all broken but that should be getting fixed) they were:

2 54watt actinic lights
2 54watt HO 50/50

now that only adds up to 216 watts for a total of 2.88 watts/gal

I know the T5's are supposed to be more efficent, but it seems as I will still be underlit if you will

Am I forgetting something or was this a bad choice?
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Old 07-14-2005, 12:00 AM   #12
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I think I am missing something....

After ordering this product from captivereefs.com

It came with 4 bulbs (all broken but that should be getting fixed) they were:

2 54watt actinic lights
2 54watt HO 50/50

now that only adds up to 216 watts for a total of 2.88 watts/gal

I know the T5's are supposed to be more efficent, but it seems as I will still be underlit if you will

Am I forgetting something or was this a bad choice?

The key with T5s is the reflector. With an efficient reflector you will get more light intensity down into the tank. Sunlight Supply reflectors are supposed to be great - I'm setting up a 90g now, and using a Sunlight Suply 4 bulb (48" 54W) that I've heard is plenty sufficient for lps and some sps. There is a terrific thread related to t5s over on reefcentral.com.
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Old 07-14-2005, 12:46 PM   #13
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Don't forget about lumens. Everyone gets hung upon watts. Lumen output is more important then watts and t-5's have a higher lumen output makingthem more powerfulat a lower wattage.
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so are t-5's better then VHO?
cause alot of VHO ballast can run t-5s
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I think they are.
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Old 07-14-2005, 01:55 PM   #16
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Thanks Darin,

Like I said, I just got a bit concerned when I started putting numbers together...
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so are t-5's better then VHO?
cause alot of VHO ballast can run t-5s
I think they are too, as the other post mentioned intensity is what it's all about, comparing wattage doesn't really work all the time. But again I'm basing this on the judgement of others who have convinced me that t5s are a good way to go, I'm just about to setup my 90g w/sunlight supply tek lights, using 4 54w bulbs which I've heard is plenty sufficient for lps and some sps.
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