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Old 10-07-2011, 02:20 PM   #1
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t5 lighting and LPS

Ok well after some suggestions I have decided not to get individule reflectors for my lights current lights Odyssea T5 Aquarium Lighting. I am looking into upgrading the light itself. That may take sometime though. As I am also considering a larger tank. In the meantime though I have been told that I could handle most LPS, mushrooms, and polyps. What are your thoughts on this? I have been considering for example Hammer, candy cane, and torch corals, possibly brain. I already have mushrooms and ricordea both doing well, and 2 short tentacle plates that are well also. What does everyone think?

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Old 10-07-2011, 02:34 PM   #2
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I kept all those things in my previous tank that was lit by an odyssea 4 bulb unit. The brain i had actually bleached out due to the lighting but everythng else really thrived.
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Old 10-07-2011, 03:13 PM   #3
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That is exactly what i wanted to hear. Well except for the bleached brain. My tank is pretty deep 24" I really wanted a clam also but I'll have to wait on that. Im hoping to get out this weekend to find my first 1 or 2 corals Place by me a a buy 1 get second at 1/2 price and it appears that they dont raise their prices for the event.
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Old 10-08-2011, 02:26 AM   #4
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How many t5 bulbs are you running and how many gallons is your tank? HO T5 lighting is perfect for LPS. I used them till I started getting into SPS and grew lots of LPS.
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Old 10-08-2011, 07:55 AM   #5
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Its a four bulb, 2 day/2 atic. Tank is a 44gal corner pentagon.
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Old 10-08-2011, 09:10 AM   #6
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i have two six lamp t5 fixtures over my 180 for two years now all lps growing like crazy.torch,hammers,exenia,mushrooms,palys,zoas,ri cordia you get the idea.love these lamps.
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Old 10-08-2011, 09:27 AM   #7
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All im hearing is exacttly what I want to hear. By the way would I benifit by upping the daylights from 10,000K to 12,000K.
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Old 10-08-2011, 09:30 AM   #8
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I don't see a "benefit" per se to in switching to 12k other than the color. The 12k will get rid of any yellowish hue from the 10k bulbs. I run ATI aquablue specials they are at 12k spectrum and I couldn't live without them. lol
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Old 10-08-2011, 09:41 AM   #9
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Right now my biggest problem is finding 18" bulbs to upgrade the stock odyseea bulbs. They seem to be very few and far between. So if I was to include 12k bulbs mabye that would open up more options. It did not. Darn 22" tank. 2 more inches and i would have been fine, just 2 more inches.
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Odyssea has 12k bulbs too here is a link

Aquarium Lightings - Odyssea High Output T5 Fluorescent Bulb
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Old 10-08-2011, 10:04 AM   #11
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Were you happy with the odyseea bulbs over the long haul. I read somewhere that they were not the greatest and I would benifit from an upgrade. I was thinking to upgrade the bulbs to 2 each of these Aquarium Lighting T-5 HO Florescent Bulbs: AquaticLife 420/460nm T5 HO Fluorescent Lamps
Aquarium Lighting T-5 HO Florescent Bulbs: AquaticLife T5 HO Ardent White 10,000įK Fluorescent Lamps
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Old 10-08-2011, 11:32 AM   #12
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Since you live in NJ you could go to Hidden Reef. Its in fairless hills PA or very close to it. go to thehiddenreef.com
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Old 10-08-2011, 11:33 AM   #13
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Welcome to Hidden Reef!
Theres info on where it is in contact us.
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Old 10-08-2011, 11:59 AM   #14
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Ummm I'm actually on my way there now. Hoping against hope they have my my CPR fuge I ordered yet. Why did you want me to go there
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