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    T5 and general lighting questions

    I am going to get a t5 lighting system for my tank, should i get a pre made system or should i make my own. From what i have found the prices are very close.

    The other question that i have is:

    Bulbs, what bulbs should i get?

    Bulbs

    I know it depends on what look im going for but i really don't know of to achieve the look i am going for, if that makes sense.

    See this picture... Forum

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    If the cost difference is minimal then I'd go with a factory built light. You don't have to build it, it looks good, and you get a factory warranty!

    MY friend just ordered one of the T5 Tek Lights...it kicks ass!!

    As for the bulbs,

    From talking to a lot of people(I did the research on the light for her) it seems like the best way to go is with a 1:1 ratio of Aquablues and actinics. Also the ATI bulbs(made by Sunlight Supply) are supposed to be the best.

    Btw...If you know anyone in the agricultural business they can order the lights and bulbs for you at wholesale prices. Many greenhouses etc, deal with Sunlight Supply.
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    why are MHs so much more expensive then a T5 setups?

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    I'm not exactly sure. Maybe because T5s are newer technology?
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    Methal halides are not the same type of lighting at all and the ballast i different too...bigger anyway.......I have 2 x36 in actinics and 2 10000k 36 in on my tank........I just ordered some new ones from ivan.....i love those lights
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    what are the better type of lighting: T5s or Mh?

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    Depends on what you want to do & how much space you have.

    MH lighting tends to be more intense & have higher water penitration than any other lighting. But It's very hot & can be expensive.

    There's a big debate as to wheather or not PCs, T5s, or VHOs can provide enough light in any circumstance for sps and clams etc.

    So it comes down to how big is your tank & what do you want to keep in it?

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    im getting confused. I guess a better question to ask would be what type of lights is everyone using and are they happy with them?

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    You're going to get quite a mix on that one Dunkn.

    That's why I asked how big your tank is going to be and what type of coral you were interested in keeping. It's easier to say what kind of lights you'd need based on that.

    Cheers!
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    90gal and refer to this pic as to what my tank is going to look like over time.

    Pic here

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