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Old 12-22-2009, 01:15 PM   #1
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T5 Lighting fixture.

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I have been looking to upgrade my lighting for awhile now because I want to upgrade from FOWLR to REEF. I found this fixture today. Current USA Nova Extreme Pro T5 Aquarium Lighting Fixture, 6X18 Watt, 20 inch

My tank is a 65 Gal hexagon. Will this be good enough to support corals?
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Old 12-26-2009, 11:16 PM   #2
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No, I'm sorry but something like that would be good for a FOWLR, where light isn't really required.....

I don't know what your budget is but if you are going to do reef on a 65 hex, you could do a 250 watt Metal halide...but if it was me I would go with a 400 watt MH.
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Old 12-27-2009, 04:19 PM   #3
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MH is out of my price range
I thought the T5HO were good for reef's was I misinformed? Or is it just not enough watts?
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T5HO is a good thing because of it`s intensity. The bad part is that the link you gave is not High output. Just regular T5`s which will not be enough.
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Oh, okay. I have looked at so many different lights I cant keep track of them all. This new link Current Nova Extreme PRO 20" T5HO Light 108 Watts - eBay (item 380155794162 end time Jan-02-10 16:30:15 PST)
says T5HO, but the price is so close to that other link that it makes me wonder wheter it actually is. What do you think?
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It wont let me pull it up.
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Current Nova Extreme PRO 20" T5HO Light 108 Watts - eBay (item 380155794162 end time Jan-02-10 16:30:15 PST)


Hopefully this one will work..
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Current Nova Extreme PRO 20" T5HO Light 108 Watts - eBay (item 380155794162 end time Jan-02-10 16:30:15 PST)

Okay this one will work!! The other one wouldnt because I went to it through "MYEBAY" page.
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ARGH!! why wont these work?

One last try from a different link.

Current-USA Nova Extreme Pro 20" 6x18 Watts T5 Pro Reef - eBay (item 290385357540 end time Jan-03-10 09:42:14 PST)
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T5's work best on shallower tanks (less than 20-24 inches deep) and the deeper it gets, the less light penetrates to the bottom. If you did get a T5 HO SLR fixture or retro (I believe Melosu is refering to) then on a tank like yours (which is about 30'' deep) you would basically have to keep most of you corals in the top half of the aquarium.

If you got a 400 watt metal halide you can keep softies and lps corals on the sand and near the middle then place sps near the top.

You can get a good 400 watt MH retro for around $300-350.
A T5 fixture would cost you about the same, but the operating costs and heat would be less and the light will not penetrate as deep.

The fixtures you are looking at are (not trying to be rude or anything) cheap and you will only want to upgrade once you get more experience and see how limited you are.
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