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T5 for 90?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Sask_guy, Dec 5, 2015.

  1. Sask_guy

    Sask_guy Junior Poster

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    I have a 90g and want to grow most plants. I purchased a tek light t5 4 lamp a few years ago and never used it. Just wondering how good it will be for plants
     
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    T5 works well for planted tanks as long as you get bulbs that are in the planted take spectrum. Stay away from the saltwater bulbs.
     
  3. Dennis Singh

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    Keep in mind number of bulbs your using, height of the tank, and where you put the lights. T5's are great.


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    is spectrum as important as intensity in growing plants? I would think intensity is more important. I mean I've grown MOSSEs in almost brown bulbs, 50/50's, 20,000k mix, 6500k, 10,000k, I've done all the bulbs with moss. Home depot bulbs, coralite, reptile, etc
     
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    I was more referring to staying away from actinic in the spectrum and more towards the normal planted bulbs. If you're talking in the planted spectrum, I think it matters for 'red' plants. I definitely get better red pop with red bulbs (red sun, ati purple somewhat, etc.) But I agree mosses will grow/live almost under any light.
     
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    I still believe in intensity over spectrum. I think its actually documented that your right :) . However I added red hue to my system and my pantanal didn't do jack but reflect the color of the bulb.
     
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    Sorry for hijacking thread, but I had a very similar question. I have a 200 gallon 7 foot tank. I was thinking of switching to T5 lighting. I was thinking about getting the 4 foot T5 fixture from home depot that can hold up to 4 bulbs. https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.4...000732913.html Would 4 foot be enough for a 7 foot tank. If not, what length fixture, how many bulbs and what wattage do I need? I am looking to grow high light plants with CO2 injection.
     

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