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Old 01-22-2010, 03:55 PM   #1
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lighting for a 60 gallon


I will probably get the 60 gallon tank for free, needs to be cleaned. But lighting is an issue. I believe its height is 2 feet....I really want to grow a nice carpet plant

what lights are out there (in a nice price range) that I can accomplish around 3wpg? Should I run 2x24'' light sets or a few long 48'' sets? I been reading alot on this t5HO stuff but hear that they arent following the wpg rule

I will probably be running pressurized co2.
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Old 01-22-2010, 05:44 PM   #2
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If that tank really is a 60 gallon tank, and is 24 inches high and 48 inches long, it is only about 12 inches front to back, so a single light fixture can give good uniformity of lighting at the substrate. Two T5HO, 48 inch, 54 watt bulbs will give you high light intensity, so I suggest that is what you should buy, assuming you get a pressurized CO2 system as well. One source for lights with a good price is Catalina Aquarium.
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Old 01-22-2010, 07:00 PM   #3
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Catalina Aquarium.

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Old 01-22-2010, 07:47 PM   #4
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If that tank really is a 60 gallon tank, and is 24 inches high and 48 inches long, it is only about 12 inches front to back, so a single light fixture can give good uniformity of lighting at the substrate. Two T5HO, 48 inch, 54 watt bulbs will give you high light intensity, so I suggest that is what you should buy, assuming you get a pressurized CO2 system as well. One source for lights with a good price is Catalina Aquarium.
I was looking at catalina aquarium and didnt realize it was local to us. I never been there, so I may head there later today.

But is the t5ho better or is thr PC better? I think there was a kit for 4 54 watt t5ho, is that to much? I been reading and people are saying they get alot of algae thanks to the bulbs.

and yes I will be going with pressurized co2, I think orlando will shoot me if I return something else lol.

As for the LEDS, I may not go with them. With the experiance that I had with this first gen prototype it didnt seem to last long in terms of brightness and I would have to buy another one every 2 years.
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Old 01-22-2010, 09:21 PM   #5
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No one is going pc anymore. One reason HO T5 is better is because the reflectors are able to reflect more light. The best light would be a dual bulb 48 inch HO T5 with individual reflectors for each bulb but its not essential to have the individual reflector.

HO T5 can run hot. A fan on the fixture would be a plus to extend bulb life.

We are still a few years away from affordable LED systems.
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Catalina Aquarium.

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couldnt find the place. But called when I got home, they close at 3 and they just moved to their location lol so he said come by monday.

So is it true that a t5ho has more output than its equivalant PC? If so should I get the 4x54 watt or go less than that?
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So is it true that a t5ho has more output than its equivalant PC? If so should I get the 4x54 watt or go less than that?
With good reflectors, HO T5 put out more light than pc.

I don't run a high light tank so I really can't comment, I run HO T5s on a reef tank. But 4xT5 seems a bit much. I think you'll still be at high light with 2x
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humm I wonder what exactly I should get then, here is a craigs add http://sacramento.craigslist.org/for/1562889585.html

is that a good deal?
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It would have been nice if they mentioned the manufacturer or model. It sounds like an 8 bulb unit but I don't know how they would get that for $300 or why they have metal halide in the keyword list.

8 HO T5 bulbs are worth nearly $140, so the fixture seems like a great deal. It just would be nice to know what you're buying. Way to much light for a 60 gallon tank though.

It sure read like 8 bulbs to me, doesn't really add up.
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You do not need more than 108 watts of T5HO light over that tank and will definitely need CO2 with that light level. The Catalina fixtures have great reflectors and the company has excellent customer service. I would forget about the Craigslist light.
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You do not need more than 108 watts of T5HO light over that tank and will definitely need CO2 with that light level. The Catalina fixtures have great reflectors and the company has excellent customer service. I would forget about the Craigslist light.
ok no more craigs.

So i guess the verdict is a 2 light t5ho unit. not bad, probably will be lighter on my wallet.
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http://www.catalinaaquarium.com/prod...oducts_id=1638

that light has 3 lights but I can turn one off.

I wonder if I should go wth a smaller lamp, my tank is 48 inches long and If i put a type of cannopy then it may not fit.
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:35 PM   #13
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i wonder if any of these comes with a fan?

http://www.catalinaaquarium.com/prod...oducts_id=1419
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You don't need a fan

If you are going to use a canopy a retrofit would work better.
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Old 01-23-2010, 11:48 PM   #15
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Doesnt the ballast get hot? I know I had to have them for my PC bulbs.

Its kinda nice, he has a 5 year warrenty on the second one I posted.
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