View Full Version : T5 for SPS and LPS

07/09/2009, 09:43 AM
I know that this has been talked about before but I am wanting to getting a new t5 light system for my 72gallon bowfront tank. I need it to be a 6bulb system (that is the biggest that will fit on my tank) and I was looking at the ATI Stuff but I just can't drop $850 dollars right now.
So my question is there another lighting system out there that will work for SPS and LPS tank that is not going to kill me to buy?
I don't have a canopy so it has to look pretty nice too..

Thanks for any ideas

07/09/2009, 09:58 AM
Get a tek light by sunlight supply. good quality, and half the price. I'm guessing your tank is 48"...you could get a 6 bulb system for like $430

07/09/2009, 11:14 AM
I bought the 6 bulb t5 Nova Extreme 48" fixture for about $375. (90g tank).

07/09/2009, 01:21 PM
Katmanblue do you have any SPS in your tank and if so where are they at and how are they growing?

07/09/2009, 01:54 PM
I do not yet have any SPS but have been "assured" they will do fine with those lights from med to high up in the tank.

07/09/2009, 02:56 PM
I have the TEK 6 bulb on my 75g and I can keep SPS on the bottom.

07/09/2009, 03:07 PM
I have a grren birds nest on the bottom of my 75 with the nova extreme pro. Purchased as a 1" frag in January it is now the size of a softball. It was growing pretty well with the stock bulbs but I have since changed them.

07/09/2009, 07:10 PM
Ratpack: what bulbs are running

07/09/2009, 09:06 PM
go with the tek light from sunlight supply

07/10/2009, 05:40 AM
I am running 3 of the Actinic + and 2 Aquablue + and a Fiji Purple, all from Giesmann. I plan to switch to ATI when these are done for a little more PAR.

07/10/2009, 06:42 AM
If you get the Nova Extreme Pro with the mock SLRs you can grow SPS in say a 75 no problem, well thats of course taking water quality and water movement into consideration. Many people just think of lighting but SPS will not tolerate elevated nutrient levels nor lack of flow.

Having LPS and SPS in the same tank takes careful planning, SPS LOVE high flow yet most LPS cannot tolerate it esp fleshy ones like Euphyllia, frogspawns esp.

Just put the LPS in lower flow areas and keep the SPS bombarded with flow.

As for the lighting I would take a Tek anyday over a Current model, and come later this year SLS will be unveiling the Teks with active cooling.
Aquactinics has some good models as well that come with active cooling and have a little bit better quality aluminum reflectors.
Also remember to get good lamps, go with ATI or Giesemann