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extrememc
01/14/2007, 12:49 PM
I currently have a 30" Coralife 135 50/50 light centered on my 55 gal.
Like this
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Product/Prod_Display.cfm?pcatid=12109&N=2004+11334\
5

Should I stick with it or upgrade to 50/50 48" Flourecent Light place
in a standard flourecent fixture.
Like this:
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Product/Prod_Display.cfm?pcatid=3794&N=2004+113350

Or should I want til I can afford something better.

The reason I want to upgrade for now is because the light I have is
help the growth of things but only in the center of the tank. I would
like to have light all the way across. I have also wanting to put some
toadstool , frags, and varies other coral
Like what in this Nano Pack
http://www.aquacon.com/nanopacks.html

GSMguy
01/14/2007, 12:59 PM
what about a t5 setup to really make your tank happy

extrememc
01/14/2007, 02:30 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=8979807#post8979807 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by GSMguy
what about a t5 setup to really make your tank happy
Can I use those bulbs with a regular flourecent fixture?

dastratt
01/14/2007, 02:39 PM
No. You need a T5 fixture for T5 bulbs

http://www.marinedepot.com/aquarium_lighting_fluorescent_sunlight_tek_light_high_output.asp?CartId=

you may want to try to save up a bit for T5 or MH

extrememc
01/14/2007, 03:05 PM
Well for now I am on a budget and I have read around that there are some DIY lighting out there I just haven't been able to find it.

GSMguy
01/14/2007, 03:20 PM
there are lots of them they are called retrofits

extrememc
01/14/2007, 06:11 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=8980730#post8980730 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by GSMguy
there are lots of them they are called retrofits

What would you suggest from this seller on ebay.
http://stores.ebay.com/Club-Reef_Lighting_W0QQcolZ4QQdirZ1QQfsubZ18QQftidZ2QQtZkm

pjf
01/14/2007, 09:14 PM
I recommend replacing your PC lighting which produces ~60 lumens per watt with T5HO lighting which produces ~90 lumens per watt. T5HO fixtures provide better reflectors, save electricity, last longer and offer more bulb choices.

Here are some websites for T5HO fixtures:

www.diyreef.com
www.reefgeek.com
www.seedsetc.com

I recommend the 4x54-watt Tek Light fixture. Your light intensity will probably double so I recommend that you purchase two timers for a dawn-to-dusk lighting cycle. Run your actinic tubes for 10-12 hours daily and your white tubes for 3-4 hours during mid-day. You may want to buy just two tubes which will equal your present lighting.

pjf
01/14/2007, 09:41 PM
Here are some economical 48" T5 light strips made by Coralife:

http://www.marineandreef.com/shoppro/power_aqualightT5.htm

They contain normal output 28-watt T5 lamps and should produce ~100 lumens per watt (http://www.lrc.rpi.edu/programs/nlpip/lightingAnswers/lat5/pc1a.asp). Unfortunately, I am told that their reflectors are not the best. They come in single lamp or double lamp versions.

pjf
01/14/2007, 10:07 PM
Here are some economical T6 fixtures. T6 lamps are similar to T5 lamps but have pins that are able to fit into regular T8 and T12 fixtures:

http://www.catfishlighting.com/body_t5lights.htm

gigi4539
01/14/2007, 11:49 PM
Go halide!!!! Corals do better!!!

GSMguy
01/15/2007, 08:49 AM
halide is the cheap route these days as well
those economical coralife strips are crap compared to real t5with individual reflectors

extrememc
01/15/2007, 11:06 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=8983901#post8983901 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by pjf
Here are some economical T6 fixtures. T6 lamps are similar to T5 lamps but have pins that are able to fit into regular T8 and T12 fixtures:

http://www.catfishlighting.com/body_t5lights.htm

So if I buy the 48" T-6 High Output 108 Watt Fluorescent Light from the above site would that be all I need for now?

GSMguy
01/16/2007, 09:09 AM
no that light is untested and cheap chinese i would say that t6 is not ready yet and they have not gotten indinvidual reflectors
http://www.reefgeek.com/lighting/T5_Fluorescent/Sunlight_Supply/Tek_Retrofit_Kits/

GSMguy
01/16/2007, 09:10 AM
there is the doi it yourself lighting you need and they make fixtures as well