Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 04-02-2007, 03:02 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Regular
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 84
Switching to a reef tank, need advice for lighting!

Hey guys I am looking to do the switch and I would like to be able to keep clams, SPS, LPS, and maybe some zoos in my tank.

I have been reading conflicting opinions on whether T5 can cut it for SPS and clams based on where you place it in the tank - so I am kind of confused and would appreciate advice on what light set to go with.

- Extreme Orbit 48" 2 x 130 watt $260


I was unsure if this was a MH fixture or a PC fixture, if it is MH I think I would go with this because the price is definitely right for that much MH lighting.

- Current Dual Satellite 48" 4 x 65 watt $209


- Tek T-5s 48"


I heard some very good thing about Tek brand lights, however they seem really expensive compared to Current ones. Is there another reputable store that sells Tek lights less than Marine Depot does? Also for what I want is the 4 bulb unit good enough or do I need the 6 bulb unit?

If everything I posted here stinks and won't cut it, I would definitely appreciate some links or product names from people so I can check out what would be the right stuff.


mdjxt39 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2007, 03:19 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 783
The key to T5's are individual reflectors. If you have that, you are gold.

IME PC lights are not very efficient, especially compaired to new lighting.

I always liked MH, they are simply the best thing out, aside from the new T5 thing.

Get t5's with individual reflectors or mh/vho combo.
Come Join The Dark Side
Marc118 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2007, 04:08 AM   #3
AA Team Emeritus
Ziggy953's Avatar

POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Mount Laurel, NJ
Posts: 9,147
I agree with Marc...skip the PC lights your corals aren't going to be as happy. MH IMO is the best due to the intensity and depth they reach. T5 I don't have enough experience with to say, although they are gaining in popularity and people seem happy with them. I have MH on my tank and my corals are very happy and growing!!!
Ziggy953 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2007, 10:52 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Regular
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 84
Ok if I am getting a Tek T5 lighting fixture with 4 x 54 watt bulbs will that be enough light for SPS and clams (my tank is 18" deep) or do I really need the 6 bulb model?

As for MH I realize it is the best but I can't afford to put more than $400 into lighting, so that kind of leaves me unable to do MH for my tank.
mdjxt39 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2007, 11:01 AM   #5
AA Team Emeritus
austinsdad's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Accokeek, Maryland
Posts: 7,694
FWIW, I had a happy, healthy Deresa clam under 4x65 PCs in a 72g. Grew quite a bit in the 4 years I had him. Also had healthy zoos, leathers, frogspawn, hammer, ricordias, shrooms, and xenia.

"Life may not be the party we hoped for but while we are here we might as well dance!"

austinsdad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2007, 12:40 PM   #6
AA Team Emeritus
Devilishturtles's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Frederick, Maryland
Posts: 8,543
Send a message via Yahoo to Devilishturtles
PCs are great for lower light corals, as Ray said. Deresa clams could handle PC lighting, as they are a lower light clam. I had the 2x65 PC on my 29 gallon for 4 years and I grew corals very well. But I agree, you'd definitley want to upgrade for clams and sps.

FWIW, I have the 4x39 Current Nova Extreme HO-T5 on my 24 inch deep 45 gallon tank, and I love it. I don't have clams yet, but it's in the plans for the future, and my sps are just eating up the light. It runs very cool, doesn't use as much electricity, and is relatively quiet. I think you'll be happy with thr 4 x 54 watt fixture. Just as with any tank, keep sps towards the top and lower light corals in the bottom.

I would have loved to do MH, but cost prohibited me as well, and I also didn't have a place to hang it. T5 is perfect because they are cheap and aren't mega powerful, so can sit right on the tank top (with the legs of course).


Live in the Western MD/West Virginia/DC Metro Area?
Join our very active regional forum Here

Like the advice someone just gave you? Add to their reputation! Click on the balance icon underneath their username and let them know.
Devilishturtles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2007, 01:00 PM   #7
AA Team Emeritus
roka64's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 13,858
Send a message via AIM to roka64 Send a message via Yahoo to roka64
I bought the Nova Extreme T-5 Fixtures w/Lunar Lights 216Watts for my 55G and love them.
Age is relative, you are only as old as you act....of course, this works in reverse....

Questions loved, heeded advice greatly appreciated!

Vote for AA
Good reading about:
Nitrogen Cycle
Fishless Cycling
Need more help?
Acronym List

roka64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2007, 02:57 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice FINatic
MarineFlake's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Memphis, Tn
Posts: 816
mdjxt39, heres the best advice around imo re lighting choices...Know what you want to keep and the environment you are going to need to replicate to house your choices. Light intensity and color temp should be based on your specific desires. That said there are tons of examples of beautiful SPS/clam tanks under t5 or VHO lighting. You really should consider what you want to keep, specifically, to base your light choice on rather than what you *can* keep based on your lights.

MarineFlake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2007, 01:58 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 27
figure on 3-5watts per gallon. Concentrate on LPS and see how they do. Then add some SPS frags---near the top of the reef or tank.
Experiment with the clams--if you are feeding phyo and zooplankton twice a week they will tolerate lower light levels.
Experience is the best teacher
tangster is offline   Reply With Quote

chi, light, lighting, reef, reef tank, tan

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
switching filters advice please SWerner13 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 2 04-01-2009 02:58 AM
Switching to reef grimes135 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 6 03-05-2007 02:17 PM
I can't stop dreaming of a reef - Lighting advice? GuOD Saltwater Reef Aquaria 20 12-24-2006 01:45 PM
switching to reef kb322 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 3 01-04-2005 11:14 AM
switching my plans from FOWLR to FO... need advice. guitarded Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 10 09-23-2004 12:43 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:12 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.