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Old 06-22-2011, 04:11 PM   #11
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I just want to start a planted tank so I need to know what lights I have so if they ask can I say t8 40 watt x 2?
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yeah.. T8's are o.k., its on the low end, but you can probably still sustain some low demand plants.
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:28 PM   #13
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So t5 lowest t12 highest
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Bigger bulbs aren't better, it's actually the other way around. T5ho are the highest powered/most affordable fixtures at the moment. T12/T8s are what you frequently see lighting up office buildings and such.
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Old 06-22-2011, 09:01 PM   #15
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Ok hard to get a grasp on all this so my canopy says t8 max what is the best bulbs I can get ? I don't care how much it costs
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I'm not sure what you mean. You'll have to get a new fixture to get different bulb types, it's the best route IMO. You could get a fixture with legs on it that sits on top of the tank.
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Ok just ment color temp and and certin bulbs have 10000k and stuff like that
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I would upgrade fixtures to t5ho's. The color temp you want for planted tanks is around 6500k.
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Ok cool I will just look into low light plants I just hate the look of anything but a canopy but I might build one and put t5ho x 4 for my 80 gallon
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I think you can rig it to work in a canopy also, it shouldn't be that difficult.

I wouldn't go with a 4 bulb fixture unless you are either going ultra high tech or doing SW.
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