T5 upgrade

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Pugsly, 29 Jul 2009.

  1. Pugsly

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    Hi there guys,

    Where in Centurion can one buy DIY kits to fit T5's to my hood.

    I currently have T8's but want to convert these to T5.

    Any idea on cost? What wattage etc? how many white, how many blue etc

    My tank is 2000x650x600. Water level is around the 500 mark deep. I currently have 8 T8's in the hood.
     
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    You can buy endcaps and ballasts from most electrical wholesalers. I don't know what size T5's you can use, I assume the 80W ones. I know for a dual 54 T5 ballast it was about R199, I'm sure a dual 80W one wont be more expensive. The endcaps are about R30 each...
     
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    would biulder stock this type of thing?
    I really need to make a plan with this lighting of mine - it's really not good.
     
  5. lanzo

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    hi plugsy

    i stock all of the above

    have a look here

    Dorry Pets - Lighting


    ballast is R200 normal encaps R15 water proof encaps is R45...have a look on my website;)
     
  6. Pugsly

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    @Lanzo - What Watt should I go for that will be good for my tank.

    Water level depth is around the 500mm mark.
    How many tubes should I use then?
    And how many of what colour
     
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    the 80w ballast are very expensive...and i only stock the single 80w ballast

    i ave allot of the 24w,39w and 54w dual ballast

    what do you want to keep?
     
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    @Lanzo, Thanks for the advice on the products - I would like to keep as much various corals as possible that are suited to T5 lighting / will purchase them to suit the lighting once it is in.
    What would you suggest then?
     
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    For LPS, SPS, and Anemones, I usually recommend as many T-5 bulbs (with individual reflectors) that will fit on your tank.
     
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    LCI (luminum Component Industries) in jhb has 80W duals for about R160.00
     
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    @ anemone - Yes I agree thinking of 6 x 80w or otherwise 54w.

    What is the length of the 80w tubes?

    Thanks nemos janitor - will look into it - that sounds very cheap for a 80w?!?!? are they any good?
     
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    80w will work well on your system, i would say about 8 x80w or 8x54w(just need to space them evenly) will work very well on your system your tank is 600mm deep right...then you can keep anything... just need to place the corals correctly;)
     
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    Pugsly, I did the full DIY on T5 39w 6 globes and 3 dual 24/39 balasts.
    And the next week Lanzo announced his special on a 8*39w pendant. Adding 2 globes and another balast, the pendant would have been R300 more expensive. :(

    So do check complete pendants, that is if they can fit in your hood. Even combo's.

    Also the type and quality and PRICE of the globes itself makes a huge difference in the end-price.
     
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    These ballasts.

    http://www.stateczniki.pl/scsfq.pdf

    80w are +- 1500mm
    54w are +- 1200mm
     
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    lanzo - what would the price be on those 8x 80w then with ballasts?

    Is there nothing that can fit on top of the JEBO hood? I see one can remove the upper panels to open the hood up a bit?
     
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    you can also maybe use x2 pendents(8x39w globes in one pendant)

    pendant is 1100mm in length...they will work you out much cheaper than DIY
     
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    Remeber T5's are very good, saves power and got better growth , then the T8's f
     
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    Lanzo - how much is cheaper than DIY?
     
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    R1880 for x8 t5's
     
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    Is that for a complete unit...
     
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