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08-14-2013 07:50 PM
Gootz
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Originally Posted by devilduck View Post
I had to unplug on of the bulbs when I was low tech and using a dual t5ho light on my 29g. It's definitely took much light.
How do you have your light? Is it hung above the tank or is it sitting right on top?

What happened when you had both lights going?
08-13-2013 12:06 AM
devilduck I had to unplug on of the bulbs when I was low tech and using a dual t5ho light on my 29g. It's definitely took much light.
08-12-2013 11:08 PM
Gootz Pulled the trigger on the Dual T5HO. Should arrive 8/15. I'll be looking into some new deco too. Updates to follow shortly.
08-11-2013 05:54 AM
Gootz
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Originally Posted by Ben! View Post
I am not sure if it will cause shadows but if you have it directly on top of the tank you have too much light and will have algae problems unless you run co2.
I only dose liquid CO2, so looks like I'll probably have to hang it after all. Did your fixture come with a reflector?
08-10-2013 08:05 PM
Ben! I am not sure if it will cause shadows but if you have it directly on top of the tank you have too much light and will have algae problems unless you run co2.
08-10-2013 07:41 PM
Gootz
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Originally Posted by Ben! View Post
Sorry I meant there are "no" shaded areas on the sides of the tank so there is even light throughout the tank. If you don't want to hang the light you could always run the Zoomed directly on the rim but use only one t5 bulb.
Oh, gotcha. If you just ran it directly on top of the tank with both bulbs, does it cause shadows?
08-10-2013 06:36 PM
Ben! Sorry I meant there are "no" shaded areas on the sides of the tank so there is even light throughout the tank. If you don't want to hang the light you could always run the Zoomed directly on the rim but use only one t5 bulb.
08-10-2013 04:44 PM
Gootz
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Originally Posted by Ben! View Post
The Zoomed light fixture comes with cables to hang it, which is one of the reasons I bought it. The only thing you have to do is buy a couple of hooks to screw into the ceiling to hold the wires but other than that everything is included. The hooks should cost less than $10. Right now I don't have any pictures of my tank but with the light hung about 8 inches above the tank, it covers everything and there are now shaded areas on the sides of the tank.
Appreciate the description. When you say there are now shaded areas, what do you mean by that?

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Originally Posted by thebuddha View Post
im using a coralife t5no fixture. very small/sleek and pretty cheap. bad news is that i have gone through a few bulbs. i would consider my lighting to be low-light, and my fixture is sitting right on the rim.

I would choose a finnex fugeray if I were to buy a new light. that or a current LED set up (these might be too much light, but you can tone it down with window screen)
I like the idea of the dual t5s, but having to get new bulbs every 2-3 years can add up and make LEDs more attractive.
08-10-2013 07:37 AM
thebuddha im using a coralife t5no fixture. very small/sleek and pretty cheap. bad news is that i have gone through a few bulbs. i would consider my lighting to be low-light, and my fixture is sitting right on the rim.

I would choose a finnex fugeray if I were to buy a new light. that or a current LED set up (these might be too much light, but you can tone it down with window screen)
08-10-2013 06:47 AM
Ben! The Zoomed light fixture comes with cables to hang it, which is one of the reasons I bought it. The only thing you have to do is buy a couple of hooks to screw into the ceiling to hold the wires but other than that everything is included. The hooks should cost less than $10. Right now I don't have any pictures of my tank but with the light hung about 8 inches above the tank, it covers everything and there are now shaded areas on the sides of the tank.
08-10-2013 12:22 AM
Gootz
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Originally Posted by Ben! View Post
I was thinking about doing LEDs too when I was setting up my tank but after doing some research like you did I found out that a 29 is just too deep for most LEDs. Although you will have to eventually replace t5 bulbs they last almost two years so it is not too bad and they aren't very expensive.
Looks like our research has both uncovered similar info leading to the same conclusion.

How'd you hang your dual t5 fixture? Do you have any pics of your setup? Curious how it looks and how it lights up the tank.
08-09-2013 11:22 PM
Ben! I was thinking about doing LEDs too when I was setting up my tank but after doing some research like you did I found out that a 29 is just too deep for most LEDs. Although you will have to eventually replace t5 bulbs they last almost two years so it is not too bad and they aren't very expensive.
08-09-2013 10:16 PM
Gootz
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Originally Posted by Ben! View Post
On my low tech 29 I have a 30 inch zoomed aquasun dual t5ho suspended about 8 inches above my tank and I think it is the perfect amount of light. Another benefit to hanging it is you can adjust it up and down to fine tune your light.
Thanks Ben. I'm actually leaning towards the LEDs just because the bulbs won't ever need to be replaced and I can just put the ballast directly on the tank. Hoping to make a decision soon, so any other thoughts from you or any other members is much appreciated.

Edit: After doing some more research, these LEDs @ 0.2W won't be sufficient enough for plant growth. All show, no grow haha. Rather than spend double for the LED I think I'll just go double t5.
08-09-2013 07:07 PM
Ben! On my low tech 29 I have a 30 inch zoomed aquasun dual t5ho suspended about 8 inches above my tank and I think it is the perfect amount of light. Another benefit to hanging it is you can adjust it up and down to fine tune your light.
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Originally Posted by Gootz View Post
I'm having some issues with my plants and think it has to do with the poor lighting currently being used. The water levels are great, I dose both a liquid fert and CO2, so I know they are getting proper nutes, so it has to be the lighting. I've looked into both LED and Dual T5 HO options and am looking for some advice as to what would work better for my setup. Options below...

Option 1: LED
30" Freshwater Bright LED by Beamworks 3rd Gen
The Beamworks Freshwater Bright LED fixture provides a high quality, energy efficient light fixture that replaces the typical single tube fluorescent light. Use the 10000K white LED during the day and the Actinic Blue 460nm LED during the night. The Beamworks LED is a sleek and contemporary light fixture that will make any other aquarium light look boring. Long lasting LEDs with no bulb replacement required.
Extendable brackets - 30"-34".
Super energy efficient freshwater aquarium lighting. No bulb replacement required.
Features:

Dimensions - 28.50 x 5.00 x 1.00
Brackets add 0.65" in height
Includes 99 LEDs
1700 Lumen
Super energy efficient .20 watt LEDs
90x 10000K LEDs
9x Actinic 460nm LEDs
Uses 26 watts
Slim and contemporary light design
2 mode on / off function for day and night use
Extendable bracket - 30"-34" max extend
Extendable bracket - 75-85 cm max extend
Non-corrosive powder coated aluminum housing
Splash guard
110V - 220V

Option 2: Dual T5s
30" T5 Dual 48W - Plant 6500K version
Excellent for freshwater and planted setups. Or supplement lighting for your existing system.
Features:

Dimensions - 29.50 x 5.00 x 1.70
Supports 2x 24W T5 HO fluorescent lamps
Standard T5 sockets
Extendable bracket - 34.00" max extend
Quick disconnect ballast
Non-corrosive powder coated aluminum housing
Acrylic splash guard
Reflector
CE Certified
08-09-2013 06:39 PM
Gootz I'm having some issues with my plants and think it has to do with the poor lighting currently being used. The water levels are great, I dose both a liquid fert and CO2, so I know they are getting proper nutes, so it has to be the lighting. I've looked into both LED and Dual T5 HO options and am looking for some advice as to what would work better for my setup. Options below...

Option 1: LED
30" Freshwater Bright LED by Beamworks 3rd Gen
The Beamworks Freshwater Bright LED fixture provides a high quality, energy efficient light fixture that replaces the typical single tube fluorescent light. Use the 10000K white LED during the day and the Actinic Blue 460nm LED during the night. The Beamworks LED is a sleek and contemporary light fixture that will make any other aquarium light look boring. Long lasting LEDs with no bulb replacement required.
Extendable brackets - 30"-34".
Super energy efficient freshwater aquarium lighting. No bulb replacement required.
Features:

Dimensions - 28.50 x 5.00 x 1.00
Brackets add 0.65" in height
Includes 99 LEDs
1700 Lumen
Super energy efficient .20 watt LEDs
90x 10000K LEDs
9x Actinic 460nm LEDs
Uses 26 watts
Slim and contemporary light design
2 mode on / off function for day and night use
Extendable bracket - 30"-34" max extend
Extendable bracket - 75-85 cm max extend
Non-corrosive powder coated aluminum housing
Splash guard
110V - 220V

Option 2: Dual T5s
30" T5 Dual 48W - Plant 6500K version
Excellent for freshwater and planted setups. Or supplement lighting for your existing system.
Features:

Dimensions - 29.50 x 5.00 x 1.70
Supports 2x 24W T5 HO fluorescent lamps
Standard T5 sockets
Extendable bracket - 34.00" max extend
Quick disconnect ballast
Non-corrosive powder coated aluminum housing
Acrylic splash guard
Reflector
CE Certified
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