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Old 06-20-2011, 12:24 PM   #1
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Ok, What kind of lights do I need?

I am so confused, I have looked at lights until I am turning into a light

Right now I have a FOWLR tank with T12 VHO's and I want to get some corals and stuff but I need the lights first.

I am torn between getting T5HO and MH combo fixture, then some say just get a 6 bulb T5HO with ATI bulbs...

What do you guys suggest?
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Old 06-20-2011, 12:34 PM   #2
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I'd vote for the 6 bulb fixture with the ATI bulbs.

I love the ATI's, have them in my one fixture and am going to be buying them for my 12 bulb fixture shortly.

The MH will give you a nice shimmer and some people prefer them. I hear they suck up alot of electricity versus a T5.

Just my opinion.
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Carey,

Yeah my power bill is already ridiculous. lol
With a 5ft long 100g tank, will 6 bulbs be enough?
I am looking at either a Tek or ATI fixture I guess...

What are you going to put the 12 bulber on?
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How deep is your tank is another important consideration. If its extra deep the MH might be your best bet for penetration. It also depends on what you want to keep in the long run, nems, high light corals etc...

I have a current extreme nova pro. It's over my 6 foot 125g tank.
I happen to like a super blue hue in my tanks and ATI has the bulbs that make me happy. If you like a purple hue I think KZ bulbs are the way to go in my opinion, a tad priceier tho
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18'' Deep. I would love to have some nems and prob do mixed with the corals
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Looking at this chart a MH with a similar wattage to T5 will be about $3 per month more 400W Metal Halide vs T5 HO Comparison
That being said if you will need a chiller that needs to be added into the cost. Bulb replacement as well should be figured into the cost.
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Yeah, the possibility of a chiller also arises with MH. Not always from what I've read though so it's not a definite. But I do know they are way pricey.

With the depth of your tank I think the 6 bulb would be good. if it were me I would go that route. Youre looking at quality fixtures you will just need quality bulbs to get the most out of it.
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Nice chart :-]

Think Im leanin tward the 6 bulb now.

Carey post me a pic of your tank! I would love to see the progress youve made!
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I just posted a 1 min video on my thread. Don't wanna hog this thread up or I will get yelled at. lol

When you see the video you can gauge the lighting, I'm running current brand 10k bulbs and regular current actinics. You can see the yellowish hue it gives to the rock and water. I can take a picture of my 55g though, its running a quad t5 with the ati bulbs.
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Nice video, Beautiful tank! Didnt know you could add more than one tang...

Is that the 12 bulb fixture?
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