Yet another T5 or MH thread

Discussion in 'Reef Lighting' started by Puffer Chick, Dec 9, 2009.

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  1. Puffer Chick

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    so after the holidays i will be changing my puffer's 20Tall brackish to semi-reef.

    This is going to be a budget tank so i think i will get the odyssea brand. I am torn between the T5 and MH.

    I want the MH because i want to have the shimmer, have the T5 HO over my 46 so i want to experience some MH lighting. But my only worry is the heat that this thing will put out.

    I really don't want T5's for this tank but if the MH will put out to much heat i will settle with T5s

    As for coral i just want this tank to be a jungle of Xenia and no other corals.

    Think i will be ok with the MH on the tank
     
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  3. NeighborTomita

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    LOL if you truly just want a "jungle" of xenia's i wouldn't go with MH, unless money is not a huge factor. Are you looking for a more visually appealing tank or just something to grow them out in?
     
  4. mikejrice

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    I agree, I would go T5 just for the difference in electric bill.

    Otherwise heat isn't as big a problem with MH as some think. A clip on fan will solve most problems.
     
  5. Puffer Chick

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    i would say probably say something to grow them out in, i don't care where the grow, i want them to spread like crazy. it's just going to be my puffer, and rock so i want something in there with him. My lfs has a xenia jungle tank and i love it and want to do it.
     
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    would a 2 bulb T5 cause the xenia to take over?
     
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    What are the dimensions?
     
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  9. Puffer Chick

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    24 wide 13 deep and 17 tall.
     
  10. NeighborTomita

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    I have seen xenia's take over tanks that where lit with regular CF bulbs, I personally think the health of xenia's has more to do with the amount of nutrients in the water than the amount of light they receive.
     
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    You should be fine with the 2 bulb. Are you going to have pulsing xenia in there? One of my favorite corals!
     
  12. Puffer Chick

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    my plan for the tank is to use mainly base rock and a very small amount of live and use water from my 46 along with about a cup full of sand.

    I'm hoping my puffer will be able to survive this big transfer when it does happen, him and the tank has been moved around 4 times and he's survived every one of them, and has never been sick, very hardy and easy fish. Only trouble i've had with him is his aggression and that he's a picky eater