What size T5's?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by BrandonH, 19 Mar 2013.

  1. BrandonH

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    My tank is 1200x600x600.

    Would 39w T5's be suitable for this size reef tank? How many tubes would I need?
     
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    6x ATI tubes enough.
    39w is 850mm

    in my tank 1.6x600x600, 6 tubes far enough
     
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    39w would work.
    Depending on the unit. If individual reflectors, good quality unit, then 4 tubes minimum.

    Combined reflector, need 6. No reflector then 8.
     
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    6-8 tubes depending on what you want to keep. Is the unit suspended above the tank? If so I would go with the 54W tubes (4 foot) rather (4 foot tubes wont fit inside a std 4 foot hood)
     
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    Thanks guys. Would an Oddysea 54w quad unit be better than a Solarmax 39w 8 tube unit?
     
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    i would say the more tubes the greater the variety of light possibilities, so i personally would opt for the solarmax which allows 8 tubes, you could always alternate the tubes photoperiod if you liked..
     
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    Got a single cheap reflector.
     
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