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Old 02-02-2011, 05:31 PM   #1
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T-5 lighting for the 55 gallon

Amazon.com: Coralife Lunar Aqualight T5 Aquarium Lighting Fixture, 4X54W, 48": Kitchen & Dining

Looking at this for lighting in my 55 and perhaps something similar in my 30.
Would appreciate any/all your opinions reviews, input...
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Old 02-03-2011, 05:09 AM   #2
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That seems like a lot for just a FW tank. I used the stock hooded lights for my 55 gallon and then added 2 LED white moon light modules ($40 for both). Unless you're going for a planted tank, get something cheaper like 2 of these:

http://www.fosterandsmithaquatics.co...7&pcatid=13447

Plus the hood will prevent any fish from jumping out.
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Old 02-03-2011, 06:15 PM   #3
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Std lighted hood bulb upgrades

Well, if I were to go with a stock type hood, can I change up the type of bulbs I use like say something my petstore recommended called something like a 50/50?
Still like the idea of the T-5. Convince me the std hood can make the tank look as nice. (added moonlight LED's would be a nice touch, but how?) I don't want to waste my $$ and turn around and end up getting a T-5 lunar fixture.
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get one of these:
Current USA Nova Extreme T5 X2 Aquarium Lighting Fixture, 2X54 Watt, 48 inch

you can use one actinic bulb and one daylight bulb. then you can do a morning/evening transition. you don't want moonlights. they are overrated. you can hardly see anything. it's pointless.
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Can someone explain how the actinic and daylight bulbs are used for a morning evening transition or dusk/dawn effect?
I have never had anything but std/stock light fixtures.
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well, you would just put the 2 bulbs on timers...oops...this fixture only has one cord. that means you can't do the morning evening thing, but what you do is put both lamps on timers, and turn the actinic on in the morning, then about 2 hours later, both lamps on...then about 2 hours before night, you turn the daylight back off again, so you end up with just the blue bulb on for an hour or two before darkness.
the morning evening thing is for humans anyway. fish are going to be just as startled with an actinic lamp flicking on as a daylight lamp IMO.
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I just bought this light, love it and wasn't too expensive. I also have a 55g FW.

Solarmax 48" T5HE 2x28w Aquarium Strip Tank Light w/LED - eBay (item 160534869382 end time Feb-18-11 13:39:22 PST)
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Well, if I were to go with a stock type hood, can I change up the type of bulbs I use like say something my petstore recommended called something like a 50/50?
Still like the idea of the T-5. Convince me the std hood can make the tank look as nice. (added moonlight LED's would be a nice touch, but how?) I don't want to waste my $$ and turn around and end up getting a T-5 lunar fixture.

No you cannot.The ballast is rated for only a certain wattage. You would need to retrofit.

And no. Those lights are NOT too much light for fw at all. You'll be approaching high light-very high light though and that is pretty demanding.
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