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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-20-2019, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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Hydrofarm t5 a viable option?

I can't find an LED option that fits in the budget. I was browsing Advanced Aquarists website and seen mention of this light: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...170431ebf&th=1

4 bulb t5HO for $130. The tank is 72x18x21. But since its a triangle layout, most of the plant mass is near one side. Would a fixture like this get me closer to med-high light? Right now I am using CFL bulbs, but I'm not getting enough light when things fill in.
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What, exactly, is your budget?
The 4" hydrofarm 4 tubes is a fairly high light bar to reach affordably but it also doesn't fit a 72" tank well..but wil get you to
med/high light if you don't raise it too much to cover the whole 72"


Better option..but 3 = $230 plus shipping..

As a comparision..
Beamswork DA FSPEC LED Aquarium Light Freshwater Full Spectrum 72"

2X = $280
16000 lumens total..

3 2ft/4bulb t5's
80x3 = 240 W which is est. 24000 lumens roughly
$230 plus shipping..

Personally not a fan of short lights unless it's a design feature..
Raising a t5 to cover the ends loses a lot of PAR.

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Having one end of the tank dim is not a big issue. I can use a CFL on that end to get some light, and there are no plants in that area. The goal is actually to get the plants thick enough to give my kilifish some cover to spawn/have fry survive. I do have a wooden canopy, so raising the light is not an option.

I would like to get the lighting up for as cheap as possible. This tank has another year to run, so no use in spending a lot on 72" lighting. I would never go this large again. Cost too much for hardscape, substrate, etc.
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