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Old 04-09-2012, 03:13 PM   #1
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Thinking of upgrading to T5...

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So I have been tossing around the idea of upgrading my lights to T5 HO. I currently have a 46 gallon bowfront, which is about 20 inches deep I believe. As of now, I have water sprite and an amazon sword growing in the tank with a standard T8 single bulb fixture over a glass top. I would really like to do an open top tank, so plants grow out of the water (love that look!), and I want them to really pop. I am looking at fixtures now that sit a few inches above the water, for example:

36 in. Aqualight T5 HO Dual Lamp Light Fixture - 2 x 39W | ThatPetPlace.com

Since there are SO many different companies and fixtures, I'm wondering if anybody can give me their opinions and experience with theirs. Some of the few I came across were coralife, solar max, and wave point.

Also, my LFS told me that I wouldnt require C02 if I didnt plan on getting too intense with the plants. Not sure if that is entirely true or not.

Here is a current pic of my tank.

Thank you!!
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:04 PM   #2
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2x 39watt T5's for that size tank sounds about right ... I just have a single 32 watt t8 on my 75gal so I'll let someone with personal experience advise you. Personally, I was going to commit to a dual t5, but a few weeks ago I learned that marineland is coming (MAY?) out with LED's for planted plants so I think I'll just wait.
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2x 39watt T5's for that size tank sounds about right ... I just have a single 32 watt t8 on my 75gal so I'll let someone with personal experience advise you. Personally, I was going to commit to a dual t5, but a few weeks ago I learned that marineland is coming (MAY?) out with LED's for planted plants so I think I'll just wait.
Thanks for the input! I actually heard about those LEDs from marineland a few weeks ago, I believe from another thread. Hmm, that's something to think about.
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Thanks for the input! I actually heard about those LEDs from marineland a few weeks ago, I believe from another thread. Hmm, that's something to think about.
I'm really excited about these LED's. Been wanting to upgrade my lights since summer, was going with some aqueon dual T5's.
But now, with these LED's you get the photosynthetic potential, the red and blue color spectrum for plant development, moonlight and the shimmering effect. I'm hoping they live up to hype.
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I'm really excited about these LED's. Been wanting to upgrade my lights since summer, was going with some aqueon dual T5's.
But now, with these LED's you get the photosynthetic potential, the red and blue color spectrum for plant development, moonlight and the shimmering effect. I'm hoping they live up to hype.
Yea they definitely seem really nice. My only concern is their price may be out of my range for spending lol. One of the fixtures I'm looking at is from Aquatic Life, which seems to be under $150. I have a feeling those new LEDs may be closer to $300!
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Hi all,

So I have been tossing around the idea of upgrading my lights to T5 HO. I currently have a 46 gallon bowfront, which is about 20 inches deep I believe. As of now, I have water sprite and an amazon sword growing in the tank with a standard T8 single bulb fixture over a glass top. I would really like to do an open top tank, so plants grow out of the water (love that look!), and I want them to really pop. I am looking at fixtures now that sit a few inches above the water, for example:

36 in. Aqualight T5 HO Dual Lamp Light Fixture - 2 x 39W | ThatPetPlace.com

Since there are SO many different companies and fixtures, I'm wondering if anybody can give me their opinions and experience with theirs. Some of the few I came across were coralife, solar max, and wave point.

Also, my LFS told me that I wouldnt require C02 if I didnt plan on getting too intense with the plants. Not sure if that is entirely true or not.

Here is a current pic of my tank.

Thank you!!
Well, I don't have any knowledge or experience of lights. I just wanted to ask if that was Spongebob's house I saw in the corner...
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Well, I don't have any knowledge or experience of lights. I just wanted to ask if that was Spongebob's house I saw in the corner...
LOL yes it is... And if you look closely, in the middle of the back of the tank, behind the sword plant, you will see Squidwards house haha! It's my pleco's cave, he's there all day long.
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LOL yes it is... And if you look closely, in the middle of the back of the tank, behind the sword plant, you will see Squidwards house haha! It's my pleco's cave, he's there all day long.
Perfect! I have a Spongebob house in my tank too!
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Hey, is that Patrick's rock I see?

Never mind, it's just a rock.
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