View Full Version : Metal Halide or T-5 for 110 gallon mixed reef

10/25/2008, 10:18 AM
Ok so I am getting a metal halide fixture pretty cheap and it works great. I was wanting to know if I should use metal halides on my 110 mixed reef. The fixture I am getting has a total of 470 watts of power. Should I keep this one or should I get t-5's an how many bulbs and what type should I get?

10/25/2008, 10:35 AM
Bump to the top. Anyone?

sump n fishy
10/25/2008, 10:39 AM
it all depends on what your looking for, i personally use (1) 250w mh and (4) t5's (all blue) on my 100 gal. i love the spectrum color and it works well with my coral..i have also seen all t5's on a 100gal sps tank (with lots of success). since you got the mh cheap then go ahead and give it a try . or check around and possibly get a fixture that houses mh & t5's... but as far as bulb combos, that is trial and error.. in my opinion.. i am still new to the reef scene (1 year), so some others may have a better insight to lighting..also check and see what type of lighting your coral requires....good luck,

10/25/2008, 11:24 AM
Thanks anyone else?

10/25/2008, 11:51 AM
both are fine, I just switched from t-5 to MH.

When MH people tell you that t5 looks like pastel color, they are full of $h!t, t5 give as much or more color then MH. I kinda wish I stayed t5, but oh well!.

good luck!

10/25/2008, 12:00 PM
Ok my current PC's are not cutting it for this 110 its only 260 watts.

10/25/2008, 02:30 PM
Anyone else want to chime in?

10/25/2008, 06:09 PM
Bump for fun

10/30/2008, 09:23 PM
i would run a TEK 8 bulb T5 Fixture. from what i understand Mh is more about the pentration in the water you get the same color temps and spectrum with the t as you do metal halide but with alot less heat go to sylvania.com and do some research on t5 bulbs youll be amazed I just bought a t5 for a 75 and i run two whites and two geismann blues and two geismann purples I love it I have a toadstool that has definatly gotten alot bigger in the last week or two

10/30/2008, 09:58 PM
I love my T5's lots of PAR value without the need for a chiller, one fan is all I use. The only hard part is finding the color that looks good to your eye. Get a quality unit with individual reflectors. IMO

10/30/2008, 10:05 PM
You really need to give more info. What are the dimensions of your 110, I have seen 110's that are 6 feet long, 5 feet long 4 feet long, 18 inches tall, 22 inches tall, 40 inches tall.

10/30/2008, 11:54 PM
I like my t5s and I am running on a 55gal tank, with 4 t5s on it. I think I will stay with t5s but my color seems a bit dull, but I do not think it is from the T5 lights, but rather the spectrum I choose. I have sps in my tank and it grows well.