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Old 08-26-2008, 04:26 PM   #11
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One other thing to consider:

Hardware store T5's are normal output. Fishy lights are High output (T5HO). You want the T5HO for the intensity & compactness. I've only seen a couple of T5HO's at the local hardware store, but the price is double that of the usual T5's, (as much as the retrofit kits on the net.)

As a reference, T5HO's are 54W for the 4 foot lengths. NO are around 28-30W.

80 gal FW with 30 gal DIY wet/dry/sump.
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I would suggest looking at hellolights.com or any of several other online stores. TEK is top notch IMO, it is what I use. A TEK retro kit for a 4' tank is about $118 ballast, reflectors, wiring, end caps, basically everything you need less the bulbs. BTW that is for a 2x54w kit. I'm not sure what the smaller versions go for but I would guess a little less then the 4'.

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