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Old 03/08/2018, 06:03 PM   #1
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Adding T5?

Have 3 Radion g4 30 xr Pros. Wanting to grow sps. Would adding t-5's help alot?

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Old 03/08/2018, 06:54 PM   #2
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Tank dimensions might be a good start?
Aquascape? Lots of rocks or overhangs?

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Old 03/08/2018, 07:33 PM   #3
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Those led light should be sufficient. Flow, nutrients, and stability are more important at this point IMO.

Some of the top coral dealers use just those lights.

90g Mixed Reef
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Old 03/08/2018, 08:17 PM   #4
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Depends on the tank size. Adding t5 does eliminate any shadowing and helps a lot with the led disco effect. Perwonally I would add the T5 if you can.

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Old 03/09/2018, 07:49 AM   #5
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Depends on the tank size. Adding t5 does eliminate any shadowing and helps a lot with the led disco effect. Perwonally I would add the T5 if you can.
I agree with DesertReefT4r. If you can add the T5s it should help and not hurt what you are already doing. I added T5s to my 4 Hydra setup and wouldn't think twice about doing it again. I like that the T5s just work and no need to tinker with them. I have the Hydras to tinker with if necessary and just let the T5s shed some light in the tank. I went with the Aquatic Life T5HO 61" fixture. Working like a champ. I will say that if you do not have a chiller or some type of evaporative cooling, adding the T5s will increase your average temperature, so that is something that you have to consider.

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Old 03/10/2018, 09:28 AM   #6
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Also depends on your aquascaping, as said T5 lessens shadows so if you aquascaping and coral placement causes lower areas to have excessive shadowing then I would get a T% addition.

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