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Old 01-03-2006, 09:31 PM   #1
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T5 lighting

Whats the difference between t5 lighting and normal flourescent lighting? The only difference ive noticed is the reflector behind the bulbs. Does this increase the wattage? (well not the wattage exactly, but does it increase the power of the lights?)

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More lumens per watt to make it short and simple. It is basically an unfolded pc bulb. They are slimmer also allowing more bulbs per the same area.
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Smaller diameter too, which means they can pack more bulbs, and thus more light, into a tighter space.

If you wanna go with T5 lighting, make certain you get a fixture with Tek 5 reflectors. These are the best reflectors for T5 lighting and actually increase lux significantly.

(Lux is essentially the measurement of light intensity penetration...in other words those reflectors get more light to the bottom of the tank with more intensity...perfect for high light foreground plants).

T5 has been gaining popularity this past year, mainly in SW/reef tanks, and more so in Europe than the US...but they are on the rise here now too.
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I dont know what type of reflector it is, but its the coralife brand of lights. So when you it increases the intensity. What lighting level of plants should i get? (28 watt, 24 gallon tank)
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With T5s 2wpg is a good target for a wide assortment of plants. A little over or under is fine also. You're something in the range of 48-55watts.
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I dont know what type of reflector it is, but its the coralife brand of lights. So when you it increases the intensity. What lighting level of plants should i get? (28 watt, 24 gallon tank)
Those new Cotallife low-profile T5s are great....two doubles on your 24 should be sufficient.
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YAAAY! Im happy now, i was not looking foward to having a tank full of java moss. LOL I suppose i should look at making a DIY co2 then.. I think i understand how to do it, but i dont know which reactor to get. THey seem horribly expensive (40$) for one of those ladder things. Interesting thing is that the T5 were the onmly choice for lighting other than CF.
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For DIY co2 I would use a sweetwater airstone. Maybe a ceramic or glass diffuser. I don't like reactors with DIY, only pressurized.
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THey seem horribly expensive (40$) for one of those ladder things.
These (from an AA sponsor) are pretty cheap:

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Its still almost 40 canadian :| I thought airstones were not very good a diffusing co2, mabye i was wrong. Well anyways, if i did use an airstone, I dont undersatnd what pusher the co2 out of the air stone. Now, i just want to confirm that i understand how to do the co2.
1 2 liter bottle with hole drilled in lid (not sure which size?)
force airline tubing into the hole and seal with glue
run that airline into the another bottle to act as a gas seperator but do you run that line into the water in the gas seperator?
Run another airline through a hole in the gas seprator lid to the diffuser. (again is this line supposed to reach into the water?)

What is the recipe for the c02 solution?
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