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Old 01/30/2007, 10:44 PM   #1
bryon0508
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need help with diy t5 lighting

i am needing a ballast for a 48" 54w t-5 lights....

i have been told that you can get them at lowes or home depot... but i need to know what type and what voltage i'm needing.

i need a 4 ballast and a 2 ballast..

im putting them over a 55 gal and making sure i have all spectrums..
if you think 6 lights is over kill just let me know...

but i need the end caps, ballast, reflectors, and plug in kit.

if you can tell me where i can get them please let me know..


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Old 01/30/2007, 10:52 PM   #2
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http://www.reefgeek.com/lighting/T5_...unlight_Supply

Swap out for ice cap reflectors. A couple of dollars each i think.


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Old 01/30/2007, 10:53 PM   #3
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And yes 6 bulbs are overkill. If you want bulb recommendations ask grimreefer, he seems to be in the know when it comes to T-5 lighting.


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Old 01/31/2007, 12:17 AM   #4
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would 6 globes over a 75g (20in high) be overkill?


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Old 01/31/2007, 06:25 AM   #5
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5 lamps with icecap reflectors is all you can fit over a 55. A 75 is another story though. And for bulbs front to back, I run blue+, geismann super actinic, aquasun, aquablue spezial, and blue+.


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Old 01/31/2007, 10:36 AM   #6
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im on a budget and im trying to keep as cheap as possible but not to cheap where it falls apart in a few months


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Old 01/31/2007, 11:15 AM   #7
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Buy a Sylvania Quicktronic QTP T5 ballast. You can usually find them on ebay for abou $20. They'll run 4 bulbs, and are much nicer than the triads/etc.


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Old 01/31/2007, 06:24 PM   #8
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Why is it nicer?


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