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Old 12-06-2012, 03:09 PM   #1
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Catalina T5 + LED for Planted Aquariums


Has anyone had any experience with this light?

It looks like it will run T5 or T5HO with individual switches. In other words, the sky is the limit on lighting intensity and duration. With some fancy timer work, a nearly dawn to dusk cycle would be possible, extending the amount of time that my aquarium would be lit.

I'm also wondering if a simmer effect would be washed out by the T5 lights. Obviously, T5HO+LED would be a little much, but I'm thinking T5NO+LED would be okay with adequate ferts and C02.
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:03 PM   #2
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Nobody? I may try it out just to see what happens.
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:20 PM   #3
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I'd just run a Finnex Ray II if you are looking for higher light levels.
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:21 PM   #4
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I'd just run a Finnex Ray II if you are looking for higher light levels.
With timers and each T5 on a separate Cord you could simulate something especially if you use T5NO in them. The Question I Would ask would be about the possibility of using a dimmer with the LED portion as the vast majority of the light is going to come from them and if they are FULL on/Full off it defeats the purpose that you are thinking of using the light for.
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I guess if he really wants dusk/dawn simulation for aesthetic reasons, he can go the route he first mentioned.
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:33 PM   #6
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More importantly, I'd rather have the lights on rather than off, but full on is too much light and everything off is boring. I think that dimmable LEDs are great, but we still have a few years to go. Call me a fair weather aquarium nerd, but I have one display tank that's in the middle of my living area, so I go for more plug-and-go.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:06 PM   #7
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How many hours a day are you home/wanting to view the tank?
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:27 PM   #8
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IF that is the case you need to match the T5's to the LEDs. I tend to use my4xT5 to get a good color mix that is pleasing to my eye.....but that is just me.
I will go LED eventually, Later...
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