View Full Version : Cheap option for lighting a 55 FO?

05/25/2009, 10:07 PM
I am looking at a 48" PC fixture with 4x54W bulbs sold at aquatraders for about $100. The replacement bulbs are around $10 each. Is this just about what I would need for a fish only 55 tank?
Anything bad about a cheap fixture and bulbs for a fish only tank??
By the way I think I can get better PC bulbs down the line anyways right?

As far as power consumption vs lumens which type of lighting would be best? maybe T5 VHO?

Last thing.. I currently have live rock in the tank. Anything bad about downgrading the lighting? I have now a T6 216W fixture that costs too much to replace the bulbs.

thanks for the help.

05/25/2009, 10:12 PM
I have normal T-5 on my 90 agressive tank and i love them...
since its fish only the light is only for your own enjoyment.
you could do standard flouresents (sp) if you wanted to

05/26/2009, 12:47 PM
If you want to get cheaper lighting I would go with the NO T5s. They don't use a lot of electricity and the bulb replacement should be pretty cheap as well.
I had normal 40 watt bulbs in a fixture when I started and the live rock flourished. More light is obviously better, but if you are concerned about costs I would ditch the power compacts and go with NO T5s or just regular flourescent bulbs.

05/26/2009, 03:36 PM
Just get a shop light from HD or Lowes they are like $8.