The Planted Tank Forum - Reply to Topic
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > Specific Aspects of a Planted Tank > Lighting > Regular T5's - Not Worth It?

Thread: Regular T5's - Not Worth It? Reply to Thread
Title:
  
Message:
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:
 

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Topic Review (Newest First)
03-30-2006 03:58 PM
Raul-7 Thanks planted86, but I'm actually looking for 'plug-and-play' fixtures, not DIY.

BTW, I have found this fixture: http://cgi.no ebay links allowedcom/3x24W-T5-Lightin...QQcmdZViewItem . And I was thinking of changing out the existing ballast to a Workhorse 120V; any potential problems I might run into?
03-29-2006 05:07 AM
planted86 i'm using T5 HO tube... i know of a online shop that sell DIY T5 HO... if you wan't the add can PM me...
03-29-2006 04:40 AM
Raul-7
Quote:
Originally Posted by Betowess
Raul, just heard from a LFS owner that he has had a boatload of probs with the Helios light fixtures. One twist the wrong way and the tube and mini ballast is fried.
Thanks for the notice, I wasn't that interested in the whole non-recyclable idea either. But I have found the answer I'm looking for; sleek, and has everything I ever wanted. Too bad it's in 220V format. http://www.arcadia-uk.info/product.p...10&lan=en&id=4
03-29-2006 12:17 AM
Betowess Raul, just heard from a LFS owner that he has had a boatload of probs with the Helios light fixtures. One twist the wrong way and the tube and mini ballast is fried.
03-28-2006 09:00 PM
Raul-7 Thanks everyone for their suggestions! The link for Commodity Axis T5 might be worth a try, but I really do not want to have to build a canopy. I really like the look of an open top aquarium.

BlueRam are suggesting OD the regular T5's in the fixture? I'd really be interested if you would point in the right direction.

Bombay, thanks for the links but a 20L is 30" long. None of the fixture on that site are fit for my tank.
03-27-2006 06:59 PM
Bombay Here are a couple. i've had good experiences with all three vendors. I looked at HO T-5's, but the prices were out of my ballpark (little league).

I think most vendors are going with the NO T-5's instead of the fatter t-8's, etc. I just switched since they were more efficient.

Back to HO T-5's...

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...?N=2004+113175

http://www.petsolutions.com/Lighting-C-33-C-.aspx

http://www.thatpetplace.com/Products.../Shopay00.aspx

Try Big Al's Online too.

Let us know what you decide to go with...
03-27-2006 05:32 PM
BlueRam Due to design specifications for office lighting, the NO (lumen) output of T128, T8, and T5 is about the same where the major difference is power consumption.

Scolley is running a 6X HO fixture so they must be out there.

The workhorse ballast will drive DIY NO or HO so I am just waiting on a pair of (minature bipin) endcaps to give it a try (not on the top of the to do list).

Quote:
Originally Posted by Raul-7
But the problem there are no T5 HO fixtures; which is odd given the fact T5's are available in all sizes unlike PC's. Anyone know if they make them? Or maybe a 30" fixture with two 24 HO bulbs on opposite sides? Or else I'll end up buying two Aqualight T5 fixtures.
03-27-2006 05:05 AM
Betowess Raul, did you see the link Wasser gave. Pretty interesting T5 with built in mini ballast. Kind of non recyclable, but great possibility. http://www.commodityaxis.com/ProductData.aspx?id=68
03-26-2006 10:29 PM
Raul-7 But the problem there are no T5 HO fixtures; which is odd given the fact T5's are available in all sizes unlike PC's. Anyone know if they make them? Or maybe a 30" fixture with two 24 HO bulbs on opposite sides? Or else I'll end up buying two Aqualight T5 fixtures.
03-26-2006 08:51 PM
Wasserpest Like Bob said, it comes down to the reflector.

On a lumen per watts basis, today T5 NO bulbs are the most efficient lamps available (that are useful for planted tanks). So from that point of view, not worth it isn't the right answer.

For a high light tank, it makes more sense to go with HO bulbs. Also, there is a better selection available.

For a low-light or not too deep medium light tank, T5 NO would be an excellent choice, better than the fatter ones.

Big Als and Commodityaxis sell a good variety of NO T5's.

In your case, since you want to grow high-light plants, HO T5 would probably be a better choice.
03-26-2006 06:46 PM
Betowess Well it seems some fixtures use a parabolic reflector around each T5 lamp. Those are totally efficient. The ones which use a standard Coralife reflector aren't nearly as bright. Better to go with an AH Supply lightkit there.
03-25-2006 09:22 PM
Raul-7
Regular T5's - Not Worth It?

I have the Coralife 2x18W fixture over a 20G long and I was wondering how effective they are compared to NO flourscents? I remember someone telling me they weren't much better than T8's; is this true. Would I be able to grow Cyperus helferi or Blyxa?

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT. The time now is 01:20 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012