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Old 03/13/2007, 01:51 PM
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Old 03/13/2007, 01:51 PM
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Ahhh, only 48". That sucks. Aquarium Specialties from the sponsors page has the Aquactinics 5 lamp T5 fixture which is nice. It will punch a little deeper into the tank but wont spread the light as much front to back.
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Old 03/13/2007, 02:57 PM
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I got Oceanic 30G Cube tank. Since it's only 20" long, I really have limited light option. After I saw my local member's tank with T5 light, I am sold. But only think I can think for this tank is 4 bulbs 24" Tek Light Fixture.

This is my question, if I go with 24" Tek Light fixture, is there any way I can use the leg which they offer? I think I saw little picture but it doesn't look like I can adjust it to fit 20" wide tank. If I can't use their leg, is there any other legs I can use?

My second question is, since 30G cube tank is pretty deep, do you think I can keep SPS successful with 4 bulbs t5? Is there any other company makes 6 bulbs with individual reflector?

My last question, if I go with 4 bulbs, what combination of bulb should I get?

Thank you so much guys.
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Old 03/13/2007, 04:10 PM
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I think you would have to hang the fixture. I would use a Sun or daylight, 1 actinic, 1 aquablue and 1 blue plus for lamps.
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Old 03/13/2007, 04:16 PM
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I think you would have to hang the fixture. I would use a Sun or daylight, 1 actinic, 1 aquablue and 1 blue plus for lamps.
If I hang the light, how far I have to keep my light from surface of water? 3 inches?

And my other question, do you think i can keep any kind of SPS? I am just worry about the depth of my tank.
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Old 03/13/2007, 04:32 PM
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Ahhh, only 48". That sucks. Aquarium Specialties from the sponsors page has the Aquactinics 5 lamp T5 fixture which is nice. It will punch a little deeper into the tank but wont spread the light as much front to back.
Grim,
What do you think about the Tek 6x39 as planned but upgrading the reflectors to give the extra punch needed to get to the bottom? (would Icecap reflectors be a good upgrade) I really like the look of the Tek (sleek and thin)

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Old 03/13/2007, 04:46 PM
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Im not grim, but I know what he told me

The IceCap SLR reflectors are the best T5 reflectors
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Old 03/13/2007, 06:12 PM
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If I hang the light, how far I have to keep my light from surface of water? 3 inches?

And my other question, do you think i can keep any kind of SPS? I am just worry about the depth of my tank.
keep the lamps about 4" above the water or get the splash shield and lower it down if that works better. You should be fine with any SPS in the upper half of the tank.
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Old 03/13/2007, 06:15 PM
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Grim,
What do you think about the Tek 6x39 as planned but upgrading the reflectors to give the extra punch needed to get to the bottom? (would Icecap reflectors be a good upgrade) I really like the look of the Tek (sleek and thin)

Thanks
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I doubt you could fit Ice Cap reflectors into a Tek fixture. If you could do a canopy you can use them in a retrofit.
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Old 03/13/2007, 06:52 PM
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Will the life of the bulb shorten if overwrite by IceCap ballast?
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Old 03/13/2007, 07:05 PM
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As long as you use fans the lamp life doesn't appear to be greatly affected
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Old 03/13/2007, 07:57 PM
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Hey Grim, you've convinced me to go for T5's instead of halides. I am currently have a 72 gallon bowfront that's 48" long and 24" deep with 440 vho's (2 - 10k and 2 03 actinic). Should I go for 4 IceCap 54W T5 HO and keep the 2 03 actinic vhos? Or should I ditch the Vho's altogether and get a 6 TEK t5's with IceCap reflectors? I only have a budget of $400 =(. I have mostly lps and want to have some sps. Thanks
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Old 03/13/2007, 08:51 PM
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any issues with the following bulb selection, for an 54W 8 TEK?

1 x 54W GE 3000K
2 x 54W GE 6500K
3 x 54W Giesmann Atinic Plus
1 x 54W Giesmann 11,000 Aquablue+
1 x 54W Super Actinic UV Lighting
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Old 03/13/2007, 09:11 PM
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Hey Grim, you've convinced me to go for T5's instead of halides. I am currently have a 72 gallon bowfront that's 48" long and 24" deep with 440 vho's (2 - 10k and 2 03 actinic). Should I go for 4 IceCap 54W T5 HO and keep the 2 03 actinic vhos? Or should I ditch the Vho's altogether and get a 6 TEK t5's with IceCap reflectors? I only have a budget of $400 =(. I have mostly lps and want to have some sps. Thanks
Keep the 2 VHO actinics. Run a UVL Aquasun, ATI Blue Plus and 2 Aquablues in the T5's. If you want a more blue look use 2 Blue Plus and 1 Aquablue with the aquasun
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Old 03/13/2007, 09:13 PM
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any issues with the following bulb selection, for an 54W 8 TEK?

1 x 54W GE 3000K
2 x 54W GE 6500K
3 x 54W Giesmann Atinic Plus
1 x 54W Giesmann 11,000 Aquablue+
1 x 54W Super Actinic UV Lighting
I spect that would look good.
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Old 03/13/2007, 09:19 PM
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So are there any other complete 36" hoods with individual reflectors, other than the Aquactinics and Tek fixtures?
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Old 03/13/2007, 09:51 PM
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The ATI will be out soon.
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Old 03/13/2007, 09:56 PM
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How many bulbs (using the tek retro) would I be looking at to keep sps in a 48x12x18H 45g? 4?
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Old 03/13/2007, 10:32 PM
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4 would be fine
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Old 03/13/2007, 10:56 PM
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For a 90 gallon no substrate sps dominant tank, how do you feel about 2 normally driven 54 watt bulbs and 3 overdriven 54 watt bulbs using an ice cap 660? Thanks for your response!

UVL Super Actinic
ATI Blue Plus *IC ballast
UVL Aquasun *IC ballast
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Old 03/13/2007, 11:26 PM
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Should be fine. Just dont get high light stuff too far out from under the lights.
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Old 03/13/2007, 11:36 PM
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Thanks Grim. Do you think I would be better off overdriving 4 bulbs with the ice cap and have 2 bulbs normally driven (6 total bulbs) or would that be too much light?
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Old 03/13/2007, 11:39 PM
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I have 4 TEK reflectors for the 48" bulbs brand new, with the protective film on them still. If anyone wants to buy these from me, email me at Havanashome@aol.com I'll create an invoice for you through PayPal. I'm asking $60 for them, $10 shipping through FedEx with insurance included. If you want to do the transaction through Ebay, and are sure you want to buy them, I'll list it on Ebay with a Buy It Now and we can do it that way, again paying through PayPal. I have 100 feedback through ebay.
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Old 03/13/2007, 11:54 PM
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You might want to try posting that in the selling forum, I'm pretty sure it's not allowed here.
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Old 03/14/2007, 12:06 AM
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Is the IC T5 Retro or Solar Flare going to be noticeably brighter than the Aquactinics TX5?

My main concern are carpet anemones in a standard 75G tank...

But for the price of a Solar Flare I could get a 48" MH Fixture for cheaper...
 

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