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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-10-2013, 06:59 AM Thread Starter
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Should I change from LED to T5?

Hello, I have a 40 gallon breeder and I am trying to grow Blyxa and Dwarf Hairgrass in it. I am using a Beamswork 36" single bright LED (pretty low tech). Granted I've only had the plants a few days, they're doing fine so far. Even though my plants aren't dying (yet, maybe) should I purchase a T5 light fixture that will provide more light? The t5 is the only other 36" light in my price range that is better than the Led.

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If your on a budget, the T5 lighting is most likely your best all around choice. Before you run out and spend any money, why not wait and see how you make out with the existing lighting? You can always spend more money in the future.

Of course, if money is no object, you can always get a couple of those high end LED modules at about $400 each, and go to town on all the special lighting effects, and be the envy of all your aquarium keeping friends (grin)
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I have a 40b and I'm running a Marineland Double Bright 36-48" and found it wasn't enough light for the width of the 40b. So I bought a 36" T5NO to go with it. I think u can pick one up for less than $60 now. My Blyxa is doing great with these 2 lights.
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If your on a budget, the T5 lighting is most likely your best all around choice. Before you run out and spend any money, why not wait and see how you make out with the existing lighting? You can always spend more money in the future.

Of course, if money is no object, you can always get a couple of those high end LED modules at about $400 each, and go to town on all the special lighting effects, and be the envy of all your aquarium keeping friends (grin)
Ya I'm going to wait it out like you say, and I don't think I'll be getting any $400 lights in the near future!
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I have a 40b and I'm running a Marineland Double Bright 36-48" and found it wasn't enough light for the width of the 40b. So I bought a 36" T5NO to go with it. I think u can pick one up for less than $60 now. My Blyxa is doing great with these 2 lights.
Huh, ya the mix of the 2 crossed my mind, but I thought the color of the two different lights wouldn't mix together well in the aquarium for a good look. Could you send a picture of your aquarium?
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whats your budget?
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whats your budget?
Up to $80.
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Huh, ya the mix of the 2 crossed my mind, but I thought the color of the two different lights wouldn't mix together well in the aquarium for a good look. Could you send a picture of your aquarium?
Here's one of my latest pics. I'm running 2 6500k bulbs in the t5.

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T5's would be the way to go for your 40 breeder I have a 40 b,w/ T5's plants grow good.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-10-2013, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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Here's one of my latest pics. I'm running 2 6500k bulbs in the t5.

Thanks! Ya I'll do T5's and LEDs.
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T5s create alot more heat than LEDs and use more watts. Plus it gets expensive because you must change them out more frequently compared to LEDs. Save your pennies and go for an affordable light such as the Finnex Ray II DS line. They use Dual High Output leds at 7k which gives around medium to medium high light depending on substrate height and mount height. The price is only $142 for a 36". I am saving now to get (4) for my (4) 40s. They have a great name and alot of people on here use their lights. Lowe is a rep from them and you can PM him and he can help if needed. I was told that most use 1 LED strip to save money but you can always add another if you want more light. Remember the light height over the tank controls the intensity.

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T5s create alot more heat that LEDs and use more watts. Plus you it gets expensive because you must change them out more frequently compared to LEDs. Save your pennies and go for an affordable light such as the Finnex Ray II DS line. They use Dual High Output leds at 7k with gives around medium to medium high light depending on substrate height. The price is only $142 for a 36". I am saving now to get (4) for my (4) 40s. They have a great name and alot of people on here use their lights. Lowe is a rep from them and you can PM him and he can help if needed. I was told that most use 1 LED strip to save money but you can always add another if you want more light. Remember the light height over the tank controls the intensity.
That sounds like a great solution but it's a little spendy for my budget.
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