Reef Central Online Community
Neptune Systems

Home Forum Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences View New Posts View Today's Posts

Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Search Reefkeeping ...an online magazine for marine aquarists Support our sponsors and mention Reef Central

Go Back   Reef Central Online Community > General Interest Forums > Reef Discussion
Register Blogs FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read

Notices

User Tag List

Reply
Thread Tools
Old 04/17/2018, 10:54 AM   #1
shrimpinator123
Registered Member
 
shrimpinator123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Posts: 187
T8's Useless?

So, I have converted the 20 year old salt set up that I had set up as a cichlid tank back to a salt tank. Given it is so old, it is using a fluorescent T10 and T8 fixture. I have been looking around, and it seems like there is a consensus that they can grow almost nothing. I find this hard to believe as I know they were one of the main lights in the hobby at one point. I was wondering if I could keep corals with these? I am mainly going to keep zoas and mushrooms, are there any others I could keep?


shrimpinator123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04/17/2018, 11:16 AM   #2
OrionN
Anemones
 
OrionN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Coastal Texas
Posts: 15,288
Can you find bulb for it? How much does the bulb cost and how long it will last? 4-6 months?
We did not advance and get new light technology because it is about the same as previous technology.


__________________
Minh

My homepage is my album here at Reef Central

Current Tank Info: Reboot 320 anemones (none yet) reef. Angels: Yellow Chest Regal(2). Copperband But. Tangs: Yellow, Purple. Wrasse: Labouti & Lubbock Fairry, Yellowfin Flasher, Dragonet: Green Mandarin Hitchhiker Blennies (2)
OrionN is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04/17/2018, 11:19 AM   #3
sde1500
Registered Member
 
sde1500's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Glocester, RI
Posts: 3,104
Horses still get you from place to place. We use cars because they are better.


__________________
My build thread:

http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2548422

Current Tank Info: 65 gallon mixed reef, Eshopps sump and HOB overflow, RO-110int skimmer, Reefbreeder 32" photons V1.
sde1500 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04/17/2018, 11:23 AM   #4
mcgyvr
Registered Member
 
mcgyvr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 16,604
In general a T5 puts out about twice the amount of light as a T8..
Nuff said...


__________________
Being blunt and having fun
mcgyvr is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04/17/2018, 11:30 AM   #5
shrimpinator123
Registered Member
 
shrimpinator123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Posts: 187
Ok, this is what I figured. Of course T5s are better, but I currently can not upgrade lighting . I will try to stick to low and medium light corals for right now.


shrimpinator123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04/17/2018, 01:42 PM   #6
andrewkw
Registered Member
 
andrewkw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: St. Joseph Island
Posts: 1,071
I doubt you will be able to find bulbs. I've been in the hobby 13 years and I'm not even sure what t8s are. I vaguely remember a decade or so ago people still using a vho actinic. Even if you find some bulbs they may not work at this point.

I'm not suggesting you have to spend a ton on the best lighting but consider even the lowest end Chinese eBay or amazon black boxes will be cheaper then bulbs unless you get the bulbs free. Even the fixtures below black box are probably better then 20 year old bulbs.


andrewkw is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04/17/2018, 01:59 PM   #7
mcgyvr
Registered Member
 
mcgyvr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 16,604
I too would suggest going Black box LEDs..
If you can't afford a few hundred dollars at this point then starting a coral tank isn't a good idea anyways...


__________________
Being blunt and having fun
mcgyvr is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04/17/2018, 02:18 PM   #8
Tripod1404
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 1,713
Dont the T8 fixture already has reflectors? You just need to buy a ballast and bulb housing(strip), something like sunblasters without the reflectors would cost like $40 per light.

https://www.amazon.com/SunBlaster-Na.../dp/B07BV75MMY


Tripod1404 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04/17/2018, 03:11 PM   #9
Kevin Guthrie
Registered Member
 
Kevin Guthrie's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 403
Yeah, when I started out with salt (early 90s) I had 6 T8s, as much fluorescent as you could get over a 90 gallon tank. There were waterproof end caps and actinics and bulbs that had an internal reflector to get as much light as possible pointing down. They lasted 6 months and ran about $20 a pop. You could grow softies and some LPS with that setup.

Step away from the Wayback Machine. T8s are three generations obsolete. They were replaced by superior HOs and VHOs and T5s which were replaced by superior MHs which are being replaced by superior LEDs.

So ditto on the black box LEDs. Shell out $230 for 2 Mars Aqua 165s.


Kevin Guthrie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04/17/2018, 07:24 PM   #10
shrimpinator123
Registered Member
 
shrimpinator123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Posts: 187
The only reason I have bulbs is because they were left with the set up. There are 3 or 4 bulbs, and once they run out I am going to upgrade to T5s or some good LEDs. Probably have the new lights in 1-2 years max. Thanks for all the help.


shrimpinator123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:08 PM.


TapaTalk Enabled

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2018 Axivo Inc.
Use of this web site is subject to the terms and conditions described in the user agreement.
Reef CentralTM Reef Central, LLC. Copyright 1999-2014
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.3.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.