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Old 12-09-2008, 10:46 AM   #11
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I`m not up on those lights. Are either one of those with individual reflectors?
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I would go with the T5HO any day of the week over PC lighting.

The T5s will penetrate much deeper in the tank and give you the option for some leathers, zoas mushrooms and maybe some LPS corals. T5 bulbs will last at least twice as long as PC bulbs, they don't get as hot and you have more color temp options.
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Melosu58, both fixtures are a four-bulb fixture w/single reflector.

Ziggy953, as I read more and more Im finding the T5 HO to penetrate better than PC as you mentioned. I like the idea they last longer, stay cooler, and more color temps.

Im thinking the wattage isnt as important as penetration and spectrum, and wondering if there is a significant difference with 216w-PC vs 260w-T5HO in regards to wattage/penetration?
Im trying to stay away from MH due to their bulk, heat, and possibly price, which I havent checked yet.

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OK...I took the plunge and got both T5 and PC lighting for a total of 476w.

Any suggestions on bulbs? Fixtures came with the following:

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2 54w Daylight
2 54w Actinic

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2 65w True Actinic 03 Blue
2 65w 10000k Daylight
4 3/4w Lunar Blue-Moon-Glow LED

I have seen somewhere online there are reflectors that snap onto the T5 bulbs but didnt see them for the PC. Any AA members out there had good results using these?

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