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T5HO shop light?

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I was thinking of running this on my 75 gallon:
http://www.homedepot.ca/product/4-ft...igh-bay/825201
Has anyone tried this fixture? And would I be able to put "aquarium" bulbs in it?
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I was looking at it when I was looking for a T5 set up too. I don't see why not, I personally use SunBlaze's T5s (the standalones), but for my reef I was thinking of getting one of their 4 bulb fixtures.

4 Bulb 4 Foot Fixture for a little over $110, all 4 bulbs are 6500K.
http://www.greners.com/h/popular-gro...-6-8-tube.html
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I might consider this fixture/w two each of blue/red bulbs. Take two out/replace/w 6500K
white and save the other two for later.
http://growershouse.com/grow-crew-wh...escent-fixture

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No reason you can't use that. I used a similar fixture in my 50G awhile back before I switched to LED. I ran 4 6500K bulbs with good results.

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There is no big mystery ingredient in lights branded for the hobby! The main ingredient found is in the price.
I use a rejected Sears Shop light that comes in really "purty" pink!!!
It's the bulbs that count.
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I might consider this fixture/w two each of blue/red bulbs. Take two out/replace/w 6500K
white and save the other two for later.
http://growershouse.com/grow-crew-wh...escent-fixture

That looks like a steal and with individual reflectors, including bulbs.


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The people who do lighting for plant farms know that the light generated is the most important part. I suspect their reflectors are as good or better than aquarium fixtures.
But they know that the plant farm people usually have multiple racks etc of plants and "need" less expansive ones. So they can save money while making them for lack of need to have a high cosmetic appearance factor.

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Hi
I was thinking of running this on my 75 gallon:
http://www.homedepot.ca/product/4-ft...igh-bay/825201
Has anyone tried this fixture? And would I be able to put "aquarium" bulbs in it?
Hi Brad,

That is a lot of light for a 75 gallon, and it does not look you can control the number of bulbs (i.e. 2 or 4). I have 2X55 watts on my 75 gallon which I run about 5 hours a day (along with a low output LED for viewing) and it is more than sufficient.

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