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So I got this light:
http://www.tbaquatics.com/current-nova-extreme-pro-36-t5ho-3-10k-3-460nm-actinics-512.html
It was used and I got it for super cheap. Anyways, I want to use it for my planted 58 gallon tank. The light has 2 power cords and can run 3 bulbs at once instead of all 6 (I hope).
I think I'll get three of these lights:
http://www.bigalspets.com/Coralife-...olor_map,price,size_name&searchRank=salesrank
Or should I switch a Colormax light in with two of the plant bulbs?
This will come out to about 63 watts of T5 light--is that enough for moderate to high light plants (including carpet plants)? Or should I get all 6 bulbs and end up with 126 watts of T5 light for a 58 gallon (3 foot) tank?
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Unlimited power!!! I think all 6 would be a little much. Personally I think you should run 3. One bulb in the 5000K range, one 6500K or 6700K and one 10,000K. I'm no expert, but it seems logical to me to get as much of the spectrum as possible and all three of those lights will have peaks in different areas of the spectrum.
 

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Yeah I noticed that after I posted 2in10. :) I am looking at T5HO ones..just clicked on the wrong link. I'm thinking about putting 3-4 bulbs in and leaving two spaces empty in the fixture. Since it's a deep tank, I want to make sure I can get the light down deep enough to get foreground cover growing. Think that's ok??
 
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