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  1. General Reef Discussion
    i have built a custom canopy with built in lights, the canopy is made of 1/2'' plywood that has been stained and coated with a marine grade polyurethane, i will be attaching 8 48'' HO T5 light to the interior of the canopy and there will be nothing between the bulbs and the water, how much heat...
  2. General Reef Discussion
    36wx4 $179 or 96wx 2 $79, While the t5s will be brighter even at the lowerr wattage (with proper reflector), is it worth paying twice as much? I ran PCs before on small tanks with good results 5 years ago when t5 HOs were virtually unheard of. Now I come back to the hobby and all I here is pc...
  3. General Reef Discussion
    Ok stupid question. I am looking for some new lights, and found a web site that is selling a fixture that says can handle t5 light bulbs but has installed into it t6 bulbs. T5 fixture Now how does a t6 bulb fit into a t5 fixture. I thought that a t6 fits into a t8 fixture.
  4. General Reef Discussion
    Okay i have 3 choices in lighting: Choice 1: http://www.marinedepot.com/ps_ViewItem~action~view~idProduct~CU01004~idCategory~FILTFIPCTH~category~Saltwater_Aquarium_Supplies-Lighting-Fixtures-Power_Compact-30in_Units~vendor~.html Choice 2...
  5. The THINK Tank
    just wondered why "bent" or parabolic reflectors are used instead of just half circle or radius reflectors... seems like the amount of bends is supposed to make a reflector better(referring more to t5 than mh) so with that logic a radius would be equal to an infinate amount of individual bends...
  6. Lighting
    I'm in the midst of building a 90g setup, I'm going to build a custom canopy so I'd be doing retro's. for lighting. I got a smok'n deal on 2 175W MH's ($150 ... couldn't pass it up). I want to do the dawn to dusk thing so what would you put with the MH's. My (very inexperienced) thoughts...
  7. General Reef Discussion
    Right now I have 260w of compact lighting on my tank and want to upgrade so I can keep almost anything in there. I dont want MH because of the heat Im already fighting, so how many and what kind of t-5's should I go for? 75 gal, 24 in deep.
  8. General Reef Discussion
    Alright, so I got the tank today! Its about 190 gallons. Its going to take a while to finish, since we have a wedding in September, and will probably be moving back to Fresno to buy a house. So this isnt going to be quick, but hopefully will be worth while. The tank is 60" long, 36" deep...
  9. General Reef Discussion
    Well now I am in it for the long run. My basement wont be ready for awhile so the inwall 120g is on hold. So....This is my new project. I have purchased 2 40g breeder tanks. 1 is in for drilling and I picked up the other one today which will be the sump. I am doing a DIY stand and canopy. I...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    Does zooplankton grow in my tank or is it something that i have to buy to feed the corals that I am going to purchase. If its something that I have to buy, I can't find it anywhere that sells it.:cry:
  11. Lighting
    as the subjects reads; i'm trying to find a 24" T5 fixture with 6 bulbs. but can't seem to find one. do they exist or am i looking for something custom ? J.
  12. Lighting
    Hello all I'm new to the forum and was hoping to get some advice if possible. I've been running my first reef tank for about a year now. It's a 72 gallon bowfront and i've started out with coralife 4x65w flourecent lighting. For what I have in the tank now i beleive its enough ( i mostly...
  13. Lighting
    Two years ago I traded my tank and equipment in for some cash and a small 20 gallon acrylic tank w/ canopy. I am now looking to get it up and running but I have no idea what to do for lighting. The tank is 24"W x 12"D x 16"H. The front corners are at 45° angles and limit the space for bulbs...
  14. nano build off 2008
    :blob:Welp with a little convincing from a friend here goes nothing. Since I'm completely broke right now and not working at the moment i'm doing this thing on a budget. Here are specs: (nothing fancy) This will be a 3 sided tank with a powerfilter on one end just for carbon and movement. 2...
  15. General Reef Discussion
    I am considering buying T5 lighting for my tank. could anyone be so kind and help me figure out which to buy. i have a 75 g FOWLR tank. i would like to get into coral's. anyone can help?
  16. General Reef Discussion
    Where can I buy these? The single reflector it came with is wasting a lot of light.....would like a brighter aquarium;)
  17. Lighting
    setting my tank back up again after about 8 years. I'm building a canopy 14" high, actually 12" from top of the tank with a 2" overlap at the bottom. I just bought an icecap 660 setup with 4 t-12 VHO's 2 - 10,000k and 2 50/50 for a total of 440 watts or about 7-8 watts per gallon it's been...
  18. General Reef Discussion
    Hello all, I am pretty new to TRT (see my post in "Softies" or "Tank Specs" for more info on me and my tank, I won't duplicate it here). I need some help/advice on two items. First, my GSP's don't look so hot. They are about 10 days old (to me). I had a couple of small brass fittings on the...
  19. Lighting
    I have a 48" 90gal glass tank with softies, LPS, and 1 SPS birdsnest frag. Currently I only have 2x65w 10,000k PC and 2x65w actinic PC. I'm trying to decide what the best Metal Halide setup would be for my tank. Price IS an issue for me but I still want a quality setup so I need to find a...
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