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Old 01-06-2013, 09:12 PM   #1
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T8 or leds

Before u answer this is the situation my tank size is 72x18x29 (150g high) the fixtures I have now is two 36s an my wattages are not right so ik now I need 60 watts pure fixture so the problem is t8 don't come in 60 watts in my 2 fixture an led can get expensive so what should I do
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I'm not sure I understand the question. It looks like you are saying you have a 6' tank with 2 36" normal output flourescent fixtures. A 36" T8 bulb is 30 watts, so 2 bulbs = 60 watts.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:37 AM   #3
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Right I need 120 watts total for my tank
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What are you keeping in this tank? Is this fixture just to see fish or are we talking photosynthetic creatures?
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:46 AM   #5
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I have fish an live plants
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Then you need to consider how much light you need for them. I have no experience with planted tanks, but I'm guessing you need more light than you have for them to thrive.
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I need 1wattt per gallon at the least so that's 120 watts I just need to kno which one I'm better off with t8s or LEDs
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You may need 1 watt per gallon if using T8 lamps, but LEDs are much more efficient. I think your budget is also something to consider. What are you willing to spend?
You could get a 6' T5 fixture, or 3 LED pendants. Do you have a single brace across the top of the tank or two?
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I got the two an I'm willing to go $300 to $400
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:12 PM   #10
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An this is for a fresh water tank
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