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Old 10-28-2008, 11:43 PM   #1
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Power Compact versus T5

I'm sure this has been talked about before. However, I could not find the conversation anywhere. So, here is my scenario and question.

I am upgrading my lights from the standard light fixture (running 1X40Watt 6500k and 1X40Watt 420 actinic blue) to either a T5 unit or a Compact PC unit. Can Someone tell me their opinion on which one I should go with? I only considering between 180 and 220 watts total. So, which format would you recommend and why? Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 10-29-2008, 12:43 AM   #2
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What size (depth) tank?

I started out on PCs, but after having T5s I much prefer them. Lower heat generation, and better depth penetration.
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Old 10-29-2008, 12:47 AM   #3
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75 Gallon Tank.....does the tank size matter when it comes to choosing ?
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Size... as far as tank depth, will probably make a difference to folks making suggestions. Saltwater or Freshwater? Reef? I suppose the answer will depend on what you're trying to attain.
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does the tank size matter when it comes to choosing ?
Yes b/c T5's only come in certain lengths so for "full coverage" a PC may fit better as well as T5's are better for deep tanks

Anyway most everyone now will tell you that T5 is best, unless you need MH for a reef
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Old 10-29-2008, 03:41 AM   #6
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Well, let me give you guys a complete run down. I started my tank as a FOWLR tank. However, I got into the look of some low light corals. So, now I am going to do a reef. Keep in mind, I am only doing low light coral. So, please try to stay on topic concerning your recommendations. Currently, I have the following in a 75 gallon tank:

- orange mushrooms - purple mushrooms - green mushrooms - white star polyps - green star polyps - yellow tang
- purple tang - blue throat - picasso trigger - red lionfish

I want to upgrade my lighting because I know the current corals that I have will do much better under the higher wattage of a T5 or Compact PC light fixture. I also want to add a few more corals such as: a leather, tongue coral and maybe a low light clam. So, back to my original question.

I am currently running the standard light fixture with (1X40Watt 6500k and 1X40Watt 420 actinic blue). I want to upgrade to a T5 unit or a Compact PC unit. Can Someone tell me their opinion on which one I should go with? With what you read above, can you tell me which format would you recommend and why? Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 10-29-2008, 06:18 AM   #7
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For the money your going to have a hard time getting a fixture as good as this one:
Catalina Aquarium

I looked around and to even DIY a 2x54w T5 setup its going to be right around the same price.

That is a nice fixture, here are some threads about it.
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/li...e-service.html
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/li...-solar-t5.html
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Thanks (Speed)....So, it's safe to say that you're for T5 lighting I guess. Now can you tell me why a T5 unit would be better than a Compact PC unit in my situation?
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Also, (Speed) or anyone else......can someone give me a rundown on the following product? What have you heard? What have you personally experienced?

Aquarium Lightings - T5 Lighting and T6 Lighting
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well with the fixture that Speed linked, each bulb has it's own reflector putting more lumens into the tank and not wasting it with restrike. (light bouncing back onto the bulb like in between the 2 straight aways on a power compact)
not to mention the fact that i dont think you will find anything better price/watt than what Speed linked.
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