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    So how much lighting??????

    So I'm finding a lot of mixed info on lighting. How many t5 ho bulbs would I need over my 65 gallon. (36"L x 18.5"w 25"H) Should I go led instead??
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    Mind you I want to do different types of corals.
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    If your planning on SPS at least 6 maybe 8 T5HO. Make sure the fixture is individual reflectors.
    Bear in mind that bulb replacement is going to increase costs exponentially over time as well your talking high electrical costs. As well some suppliers are starting to stop carrying T5 bulbs.


    Another option would be Metal Halide. Great PAR output. But your going to deal with high heat and power usage, as well as bulb replacement costs.



    My current recommendation is LED. The upfront cost is higher, but with reduced power usage and no bulb replacements required they pay for them selves over time. I'm a big fan of Kessils, but if your looking to keep it on a budget I'd suggest "Chinese LEDs".

    Not all chinese leds are created equal. They don't all have a good mix of LEDs. I can personally recommend The Evergrow D120V2 / D2120 V2.

    https://www.reefsupplies.ca/online-s...-16-Light.html

    I ran a pair over my 150G (24 x 24 x 30), you would need 2 as well.

    If you don't have a center brace on that tank you could go with a single longer unit, but I'd probably recommend the 2 singles. that way if you change tanks 4'-6' you still have some modular capability.



    Long story short LED will beat bulbs everyday in my mind, just on bulb and electricity costs alone. T5 assuming your talking 6 quality 36" bulbs are going to run $185 a year in replacement costs. Metal Halide is going to run about the same for 2 bulbs.

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    Yikes 6-8 !!! Wow
    Led it is than! !!
    Well that answers that question Thanks Nuggs!!!
    Only thing let now is what to do for filtration.....sumping it looks more appealing everyday. Just not sure how....baby steps,baby steps.
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    Filtration doesn't really exist like it does in FW.

    Your live rock takes care of most of that plus your skimmer.

    If you sump you can easily use a filter sock to polish the water.

    As far as a sump any tank that fits under the stand plus some glass baffles.

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    Nuggs this light set up would be $500 Click here to enlarge
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    Yep. That cheap for Reef lighting.

    Even in FW terms a dual T5 unit with crappy bulbs will run $200.

    Now that doesn't mean that you can't buy used.

    I just sold 2 of these light. One for 100, traded for frags.

    I know where theres a kessil 350 for $200

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    I run 6 t5ho bulbs over my 6 foot tank, with a 5 foot fixture. I have a pretty even split of LPS and SPS under there. I was running 4 bulbs for 6 months and still had growth too, but in all honesty, go with the LEDs. My fixture is a beast, and running at 5 feet long, it's almost as tall as me, and it's a real pain in the butt to take it down and change bulbs. I will probably be going with LEDs in the future, even though some "pros" tend to eventually switch back to T5HO or Hallides, I feel like the benefits of LEDs makes them the right choice for most people who are interested in reefs right now.

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    What height is your tank Carrie 20" ?

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    It's 22", it's just a standard perfecto 125 gallon (72x18x22). I keep the light over a foot from the surface of the tank, else I bleach everything. Mind you, I am using an ATI Sunpower, which has quite a bit more juice than one of the cheaper fixtures. In a perfect world, I would get one of their combo LED/T5HO lights but at a few grand a piece, I just can't justify it.

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    Yeah your telling me.

    I love the fill lighting of T5. I was considering adding a pair of blue+ as fill light on my 150G earlier.

    I love the ATI power modules but so damn expensive.


    Here ya go Pencilfish

    https://www.reefsupplies.ca/online-s...wermodule.html

    Only $1900

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    Lmao I'll just forward that o my wife!

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by PencilFish Click here to enlarge
    Lmao I'll just forward that o my wife!

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    Don't forget the tax ;)

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    65 gallon reef (early planning process)
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    Ok thanks

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    i disagree, you can grow a crap ton of stuff with a good 4 bulb unit. I;ve tested and had successful results doing this

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