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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-26-2013, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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Low-Tech 125

Well I need lights! I have a couple four foot T8 shop lights, I was thinking I could overlap them with one or two bulbs in each? The bulbs are 30-40w "Deluxe Cool White", I think they're somewhere from 5500-6700k. I saw some 10k and 8k bulbs, so I was thinking run one low k "red light" bulb, and one of the 8-10ks? That'll get me 120-160 watts (I know I know that's the least important thing to go by, but I'm just giving all the info I can lol), and as far as I can tell, both blue and red light that's needed? Thanks for the tips guys!
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-29-2013, 01:28 AM Thread Starter
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Nobody's got any advice?
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Re: Low-Tech 125

Regular daylight style bulbs give off a nice spectrum for growth.

You can over lap them in the middle not abig deal hit the lighting thread and get you a little more info on par data etc

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What are the dimensions on your tank? 125gals tend to be pretty deep- and T8 bulbs may not give you very much light to work with at the substrate level, depending on your reflectors?

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I'm trying exactly the same on a 150... I was "warned" that it would only qualify as low to medium low light,,, but I think that's ok relative to the price of the shoplights I found..

they do seem to have nicely polished reflectors, but so far I only have one double tube on the tank while I get it ready, and my Menards had a run on bulbs and only had the 8000k or soft white left, so I got 2 8000k and will wait for the 6500k bulbs to finish.
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