Thread: Lighting questions
02-07-2008, 03:48 AM #1Junior Member Guppy
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Hi all! This is my 1st post since joining this forum. I have kept fish for many years and I am just starting to get "back into" the hobby. I currenty have a 72 gallon bowfront fish-only freshwater setup.
My question I have is concering a lighting upgrade. I am currently using the single strip light that it came with.
I have narrowed my choices down to the following 2 fixtures and I would like some input on which unit would be better. Both fixures are around the same price and I am not looking for a killer (expensive) light setup.
The first is an All-Glass 3 bulb t8 strip fixture:
I like the single strip I have now (also made by All-Glass) so I figured this would be a good one.
However, I have also been reading about the Nova Extreme T5 lights:
This light appears to be a better kind of lighting system than the previous one. Are the T5 bulbs better than the T8?
Also, the T5 comes with a freshwater and a saltwater setup that substitutes an actinic bulb for a freshwater bulb. How would the actinic bulb look with my freshwater tank? I really like the look of the actinic light but if it's specifically mentioned for salt only, I don't want to regret the choice if I got it and didn't care for it.
Thanks for the help.
Last edited by jdmvette; 02-07-2008 at 04:06 AM.
02-07-2008, 03:51 AM #2
Welcome to the forum!!!! No experience with either of those lights but we have plenty of people who may. Don't get dsiscouraged someone will answer sooner or later........75 Gallon South Cichlid: Tiger Oscar and Jack Dempsey
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02-07-2008, 04:03 AM #3
blue actinic is SW only, its only good for helping corals make food
02-07-2008, 04:10 AM #4
T5's are best, the small diameter means less restrike (lost light) and the generally are accompanied by better reflectors. They are available in N.O . Normal output, H.O. High output, and V.H.O. ,Very high output .
I would go H.O. or V.H.O.As I get older I find myself thinking about the hereafter - I go into a room and then wonder what I'm here after.
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02-07-2008, 04:42 AM #5
The 8 means 1 12th of an inch diameter (i think) so T5 means 5 12ths (or it is 8ths?) of an inch. So less diameter is better because mor elight hits the tank.CORRECTED video of my fish. This link works. For sure. Really.
20g long: 4 panda cories, 1 honey gourami, 1 apistogramma borellii, 1 male cacatuoides
20g High: 3 bolivian rams, 12 rasboras
8g hex: empty
02-07-2008, 04:46 AM #6
You should go with the first option. With three bulbs you can't go wrong..."Everybody knows, you only live a day, but it's brilliant anyway..."
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55g FOWLR saltwater
29g planted freshwater
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