Discussion in 'T5 Aquarium Lighting' started by fresnosaint, Apr 16, 2009.
Hey everyone, I was looking for some input on my 100 tall. I was thinking about a 8 bulb ficture.
what corals do you want in what zones in you your tank(top, middle, bottom)
Good question. I have a few softies and a monti cap right now, how about lps on the floor
you may be able to do lps on the floor but not sps.
im assuming your doing a retrofit kit?
i have seen some par reading on tanks where t5s were still strong to 25 inchs, i havent seen any readings beyond that for t5. but i have to tell you if your to have a hope of pulling off lps on the floor you need ultra high quality equipment.
the safe setup would be two 250 halides, even then i would recommend very high quality.
No. I don't want a canopy. And probably won't have much on the floor. But better safe than sorry.
whats your width? im assuming its kinda thin since its a tall
I think its 18 in width. I don't have alo of floor space with my rock so almosr all my corals will be up on the rocks.
I was thinking origanally 6 but thought id play it smart and get the 8 I had halides in my last tank and was battling temp issues since I didn't own a chiller.
8 t5 will put out a good bit of heat too scenario is having to buy a chiller even though he went with 6 t5s he has a 90
Hi my tank is also 30 deep & i use aquaray led units & they work very well. i was told they are at there max light till 25 deep but i have put blue mushroom & green star palp & they have mutiplyed like mad & spread right across the bottom off my tank.
The two fans or so that would be in a fixture for active cooling will help dissipate the heat. If you were to go with a Powermodule or an Aquactinic fixture heat shouldn't be an issue, esp on a 100 tall.
As far as what you can use... If a fixture is up your alley go with a 7 bulb Constelllation or build an 8 bulb retro, I know you don't want a canopy but a retro will save you big time $$. A Constellation can easily go for close to a grand and that doesn't include bulbs.
Wait your tank is 4 feet correct?
As a reference 23" or so to my sand bed dead center I have 270 uMol/m2/sec, easily enough to grow SPS.....
But on the sides where the bulbs end(5' lamps) I have 193 and 119 which could still grow SPS but slower and not as colorful.
T5 is capable of lighting your tank you just need to plan ahead. Leave the bottom for mushies or blastos or other LPS that don't really need much light!
Depends on your ambient temp in your house, I keep my house at 70 year round and have 8x54w T5's in a tek light over my 90g and my heater is on alot to keep the tank at 78 degrees
i agree with you. my house should be around 80 this summer so even if i had to put alittle external fan blowing accross the top of the tank i shouldnt have to battle heat issues..that was also a good point about retro kits being cheaper than fixtures i hadnt considered that. one thing definatly not an option is led...they sure are cool though.
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