Metal Halide vs T5

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by HoboHoppy, 4 Jun 2014.

  1. HoboHoppy

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    Hi guys

    I just wanted some opinions of what lighting is better.

    I am currently using a ATI 6x24w unit on my tank. I recently acquired a MH 250/400W unit and was thinking that maybe I should use it on my system instead of the ATI?

    What are your thoughts?

    My tank is a corner unit 950x950 800 deep. :)
     
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  3. 4age

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    Ati units are the best t5 units available...best light set I think is still old school halide t5 combo
     
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    well I was running 6 x 80 Watt T5s then swopped over to combo 2 54Watt T5s and two 150 Watt MH vast improvement also the light seems more natural looking my vote MH combo
     
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    Unfortunately the MH unit I have is not a combo. I also don't have enough space to use more than 1 light unit. So for me it will have to be the MH unit or the T5 unit.

    I would like to know what will be better. Stay with the T5 or change to the 250/400W MH
     
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    if you already have the MH fitting swop them over then you can decide
     
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    Metal Halides affect heat in and around your tank, you cant play with the colour as its either 10k-14k or 20k. They wont give you the spread of T5 units, but will penetrate deeper than T5s. They give a lovely shimmer especially if you run just one unit. Ive had good success in the past with them.

    T5's are the "SPS Connoisseurs" choice as they give the best light spread and have many easily customizable colour choices. they dont give you any shimmer, bulbs need to be replaced more frequently than halides and they dont penetrate as deep (depends on wattage)

    They both work....how often do you feel like replacing bulbs? is heating and issue? and at the end of the day what do you want to grow in your tank?
     
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    Thanks for the info. At the moment I am just looking at fish and some soft corals. Nothing too fancy.
     
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    Both will work well for softies. every time you change lighting your corals will need to re-acclimate and adjust before they thrive again.
     
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