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First of all I am new to the forum, I joined in 2008 and never posted. Now I am moving to a much bigger tank and am in need of some help. Can anyone tell me how to set up a in canopy light system? I have 125g tall tank(24in deep) that will be planted so I need to have a enough watts to support my plants. I do inject CO2 to help with growth and to help with algae control.
 

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I'd go with a 3 or 4x 54 watt T5HO retrofit system, personally.

Is this what you're asking?
Great, now where can I get something like that. Could I do this same affect with 4 shoplights, with 2x 40w plant bulbs?
 

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Shoplights only give a tiny fraction of the light that T5HOs do, with much more heat.

T8s would be better than T12s, but you'd probably need at least 4 T8 bulbs for the light you'd get out of 2 T5HOs.
Ok thanks, now where is the best place to get a T5HO?:bounce:
 

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I think I would need a retro kit beacuse I have to install it in my canopy.
 

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You 125g is 6 feet long. You may want to use two 36"/39w kits to make one row of lights across your aquarium.

Sunlight Supply has two bub kits that are already wired that can be installed in your canopy.
Ready Fit™ T5 Fixture: http://sunlightsupply.com/aqua/prod...DYFIT&title=Fluorescent Lighting&type=product

Sunlight Supply also has DIY kits with individual reflectors too. You have to wire them.
T5 Retro Fit Kits: http://sunlightsupply.com/aqua/prod...T_KIT&title=Fluorescent Lighting&type=product

Note: These kits can be found at various online stores at cheaper prices. These links are for references to the manufacture's site.

IceCap has some kits as well. They have two bulb and four bulb kits. They use high performance ballasts that overdrive the bulbs.
http://www.icecapinc.com/01/index.html

Many people like the Giesemann Midday and Aquaflora T5HO bulbs for planted aquariums.
http://www.giesemann.de/61,2,,.html

Here are some various vendors that have some of these kits.
http://www.aquabuys.com/page/aqb/CTGY/d1c
http://www.carolinareefs.com/index....th=1_4&zenid=06b4006824493a2b55fcdee06ecfdde9
http://www.marinedepot.com/lighting_fluorescent__subindex-ap.html
http://www.championlighting.com/home.php?cat=910
http://www.reefgeek.com/lighting/T5_Fluorescent/
http://www.premiumaquatics.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=Flourescent
 

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You 125g is 6 feet long. You may want to use two 36"/39w kits to make one row of lights across your aquarium.

Sunlight Supply has two bub kits that are already wired that can be installed in your canopy.
Ready Fit™ T5 Fixture: http://sunlightsupply.com/aqua/prod...DYFIT&title=Fluorescent Lighting&type=product

Sunlight Supply also has DIY kits with individual reflectors too. You have to wire them.
T5 Retro Fit Kits: http://sunlightsupply.com/aqua/prod...T_KIT&title=Fluorescent Lighting&type=product

Note: These kits can be found at various online stores at cheaper prices. These links are for references to the manufacture's site.

IceCap has some kits as well. They have two bulb and four bulb kits. They use high performance ballasts that overdrive the bulbs.
http://www.icecapinc.com/01/index.html

Many people like the Giesemann Midday and Aquaflora T5HO bulbs for planted aquariums.
http://www.giesemann.de/61,2,,.html

Here are some various vendors that have some of these kits.
http://www.aquabuys.com/page/aqb/CTGY/d1c
http://www.carolinareefs.com/index....th=1_4&zenid=06b4006824493a2b55fcdee06ecfdde9
http://www.marinedepot.com/lighting_fluorescent__subindex-ap.html
http://www.championlighting.com/home.php?cat=910
http://www.reefgeek.com/lighting/T5_Fluorescent/
http://www.premiumaquatics.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=Flourescent
Thanks that helps a lot. But I have a 60 125 tall
 

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Ok, so i am lost some one just tell me what I should get, my tank is 60x24x18.
 

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Up to 300, i was thinking a kit from ahsupply.com.
 

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Thanks that helps a lot. But I have a 60 125 tall
I'm glad that the links are still good. They will work with your aquarium. They weren't 36" only links.
 

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In your shoes, I think I would get http://www.reefgeek.com/lighting/T5...5_High-Output_Retrofit_Kit_w!_Bulbs_by_IceCap The only downside is the limited availability of 60 inch bulbs, compared to 48 inch bulbs. I'm assuming your tank is 24 inches high and 18 inches front to back. If it is only 18 inches high, that kit would give too much light for comfort, unless you raised it about 6 inches above the top of the tank.
 

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I need help with my aquarium lighting

Hello,

I am new to this forum and have been reading a lot about lighting and am more confused than ever. I purchased a light kit from AH supply last year and I was never able to keep plants alive for longer than a few weeks. They recommended that I get 2 watts per gallon but I don't think this was enough. I have a 90 gallon tank that is 24" deep, 62" long. I keep the temperature around 80 degrees for my discus. I also want to get an in-line heater but they are made for tanks up to 80 gallons. My goal is to do a completely planted bottom, I have a CO2 tank and would like to hang some lights over the tank rather than have them sit on the glass. I was wondering if getting a combination of Halide and T5 would be a good solution, or just aiming for 4 watts per gallon with T5s? I was thinking the in-line heater would heat 80 gallons but the Halide could compensate for the extra 10 gallons? There is an aquarium store here in San Francisco that has the most beautiful planted tanks and they use this type of heater on their tanks up to 150 gallons so I am thinking this is what they must do because they don't have any additional heaters in the tank and they have Halides hanging over all of their aquariums.

Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

Thank you
 
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