T5 New Tank

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by AllanEcc, 29 Mar 2011.

  1. AllanEcc

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    Hi All

    I am totally new to Marine. I have a 5ft narrow (450) tank, about 500 deep. I am thinking of 6 x 54w. They will be mounted in the wooden hood that matches the tank, with extractor fans. Is this enough or do I need 8 x 54w. My intention is mixed coral. Any suggestions on the bulbs and running times?

    Tank is presently cycling with Live Rock only.
     
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    Welcome to MASA, glad you joined us. Some reading for you on starting a marine tank in the link below - info on lighting as well. Enjoy ;)
     
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    Go for 6. It will be more than enough light! Also, make sure that you have reflectors on each tube! This will almost double the amount of light in the tank! That should be more than enough to keep most types of corals.
     
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    Hey and welcome to MASA! We want pics:thumbup::tt2:
     
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    Welcome to MASA. I would suggest starting off with soft corals as they are more forgiving and easier to care for. Read the beginner threads as there is a wealth of information there :)
     
  7. AllanEcc

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    Thanks All. I'm sure we are in for lots of fun & heartache. Before doing anything I would like to check with you guys. I will go with 6 x T5. Any advice on the combination of bulbs?
     
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    On a 450 wide tank I would say 4 x 54w tank will do, good enough for any type coral you can think of. Just make sure you have good reflecters, ballasts and good bulbs. 3 Giessemann Aquablue and 1 Aquablue + will do.
     
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    Thanks Suhayl, how many hours a day should they run? Will this cover the 6000 - 7000 range as well?
     
  10. Suhayl

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    12 hours a day would be fine. I dont know what you mean by 6000 to 7000 range.
     
  11. AllanEcc

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    The forum advises 6000k increases coral growth, 10000k is for visual effect
     
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    Those Giesseman bulbs I advised are 3x14k and one 20k bulb. This is a good combo for nice colour and good growth. I dont know what make bulbs are you planning to get but the Giesemann and ATI are rated the best. All the other make bulbs come second. Check out Machado De Sousa coarl maternity in Portugal using only t5 bulbs, well those bulbs I recomended are the same.
     
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    Many thanks, I'm getting prices as per your suggestion.
     
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