T5 advice?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Bflynn, 3 Oct 2013.

  1. Bflynn

    Bflynn

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    I am in the process of redoing my tank after a mini tank crash I had a few weeks ago:( I lost some corals as well as a fish. The surviving live stock is currently in a holding tank. Mushrooms are not opening up as fully as they did before, and GSP hasnt extended since crash. But I am working on it.

    I need some sound advice on T5 lighting im looking to DIY on a 600h x 600l x 350w nano.

    1. How many bulbs would be enough?
    2. How many actinics and how many whites?
    3. Should I add a red?

    I am only housing softies, shrooms mainly.
     
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  3. Zandy

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    Algae would love red !!! So i would say NO to red!
     
  4. Bflynn

    Bflynn Thread Starter

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    Thanks @Zandy! No red then:thumbup:

    Any other advice from people with 600deep tanks?

    At the moment my lighting consists of 1x T8 15W actinic blue, 2X T8 20W white.
     
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  5. jclaas

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    I have read rules shuch as 3-5 watt per gallon (4l) aquarium water. Seeing that you going to keep softies you will probably be looking at the 3 w mark. That can possible give you a better idea. I have a 200 l, 50 gallon tank with 156w t5 lighting. Quite impressive. Dont be shy mabe one day you want lps.

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  6. Fred d

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    it really depends on your budget man ... i personally am head over heals with leds because theres no deterioration of lamps after a few months ...
    @Andre@ReefAquatics could do you an awsome deal or at the least give you some advise ...
     
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    No real rules. Basically you want as many t5s as your livestock requires. Generally you probably want around a bulb per 10cm of width being covered. 60 cm wide tank equals 6 bulbs... but if you only want softies or basic lps then 4 would be ok.

    remember not all bulbs are equal. Ati and giesemann and kz bulbs are far better than the generics

    I would go one actinic. 3 blue and 2 whites.
     
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  8. Andre@ReefAquatics

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    Interesting tank size and T5's going to 600mm should be not problem, so 3-4 should more than do the trick. You would need the 24W T5 bulbs.

    Fred mentioned LEDs, we have a LED unit that would do just great on that tank size, but that would be around R2400, so much more expensive if you looking at your initial T5 unit. Lets us know if you want more info.
     
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    Andre please send me more info about that LED thanks
     
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    R2400 is good, here is a break down

    Since ballasts are dual we will work on multiples of 2
    Ballast R250
    4 x end caps R200
    T5 lamps R300 each = R600
    2 bulbs = R1050

    Double that for 4 or triple for 6
    Now add for wire, wood etc

    Plus with LEDs you save on elec
     
  11. Bflynn

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    Thanx jclaas! I dont think I will be going LPS in this thank. Maybe another some day.

    If I had the bucks I would most def go this rout, then again I would have a totally diffrent setup;)

    Thanks for the info Andre@ReefAquatics, going to take the T5 rout for now. I think that is the best option for me.

    Thanx for the breakdown. I led makes sence. But I can organize most of what I need at a very good price for a DIY T5 unit.

    Thanx everyone! I will go with 4 x T5 24W, 1x actinic and 3x white.

    Out of curiosity.......how many 3W LED's could work over my tank??
     
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    i know what you saying bud . mostly my budget rules over my wants so far as the hobby goes .
    i was blessed with some cash and could build an led rig for my 4 foot setup
     
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    If you dont mind secondhand goods check the for sale forum. I bought my unit there at a good price.
     
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    that will be to washed out for colour, rather
    front front to back
    1 x actinic
    1 x blue
    1 x 10k
    1 x 12k
     
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