Silver Lining

Discussion in 'Reef Lighting' started by zcparrott, Sep 19, 2013.

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  1. zcparrott

    zcparrott Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Hello 3Reefers,

    So, today I got some new 65w straight pin PC light bulbs in and decided to change out my old ones.

    When I got the PC fixture off Craigslist the guy I bought it from told me that one of the actinics was burnt out, however he didn't tell me that he jerry-rigged the whole thing like a amateur Frankenstein. So, when I took it apart the entire thing fell to pieces.

    Now, I don't have a whole bunch of livestock, but I do have some xenia, mushrooms, and multiple zoas and polyps, so I needed to get some new lights and quick.

    I called up my LFS and asked them if they had any 4 bulb 48" T5 fixtures in stock, and to my delight they had 2 and they were only $69 each! I was like holy cow that's a great price I'll be right over. When I got there I asked them where the fixtures they were talking about were and they pointed at some T8 fixtures. At this point I was getting a bit upset because I had nowhere else to go to get fixtures without having to order online. I was just about to leave when I saw a pile of old fixtures on the ground by one of their tanks, and they were all 48" T5 fixtures. I asked how much they were and they said they would sell any of them to me for $30 each. So, I ended up buying a coralife and a Hagen glo, both 48" dual lamp T5 fixtures and 4 T5 bulbs for $136.

    The bulbs I got are a

    12000k daylight
    460nm super actinic
    420nm super violet
    Coral growth accelerator

    So, overall I think having my old POS PC fixture breaking on me was the best thing that could have happened for my saltwater friends, because now they have a lighting that is closer to full spectrum.
     
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  3. oldfishkeeper

    oldfishkeeper Giant Squid

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  4. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Great ending to a bad situation.
     
  5. zcparrott

    zcparrott Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Here is a pic of the tank with the old lights.
     

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  6. zcparrott

    zcparrott Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    And here is one with the new ones, they look amazing and really make my zoas pop!
     

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  7. zcparrott

    zcparrott Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    I have no idea why it's upside down lol
     
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  9. 2in10

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    It does look good, and nice gravity anomaly.
     
  10. zcparrott

    zcparrott Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Congrats, I love my T-5 lights.