when talking about t-5 lighting

beachroadbum

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Hi all,

When most everyone in this forum recommend t-5 lighting are they talking about t-5's with true individual reflectors like ice cap and the tek lights from sunlight supply? For instance...I remember reading somewhere where Tom said to use two t-5 HO bulbs for a low light tank. For instance...my 46 bowfront will be using a 36inch fixture of which I will only be using two 39 watt bulbs....when you do the math it comes out to 1.6 or so watts per gallon...but I have the tek sunlight supply fixture which has individual reflectors. So would this setup still be considered low light? I have read par values of t5's in reef forums and it is indeed true that individual reflectors vs. non individual reflectors greatly influence par readings.

Thanks!

best,
Jared
 

tedr108

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You are right that your setup will put out strong light. At 1.6 wpg with the Tek setup, you are probably borderline high light. If you keep the lights fairly close to the water, you will likely be high light. If you can make a setup which allows you to adjust your light distance from the water, I think you will be able to have either low or high light with your setup.
 

Mooner

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I use T5's 2x24 (TEK with individual reflectors) on a 29 gal CO2 injected tank. These put out higher PAR reading than PC lighting of the same wattage (new bulbs on both during readings at the same hight). -Disclaimer-these reading are particular to my tank and lighting setup. It does provide a better spread of lighting over the tank vs PC's. Weeds grow well trimming about every 2-3 weeks.

I can't see T5's being used on "low tech" unless they are well above the tank. T5's appear to be very efficient for their wattage.

I didn't see what type of tank you are doing, carbon enriched or not, high or low tech?
 

beachroadbum

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Thanks guys,

Yeah...this is what I was worried about. I will be doing the non co2 method...so I need to make sure it's low light. I can raise the tek light up so it is about 5-7 inches above the tank...but I still think it will be too much light.
 

bibbels

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I have the Tek II's over my tank. 6x39 over a 125 gallon. I'm only running 4 bulbs now and still get PAR readings of 40-70 at the substrate level. This is with the bulbs 10 inches above the water surface.

I didn't have my PAR meter when I first set up this tank with my first fixture of 3x150 MH HQI but I subjectively feel the T5's have equal if not superior penetration and definitely have better coverage (ie lack of dark spots and shadows).

In summary I don't see T5HO being part of any low-light setup. ;)