General T5

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  1. Susan Bates

    Susan Bates Member

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    Hi I have added fluo fitting to one of my tanks that i am running maxspect razor on, to supplement it, and I have been reading a bit about what sort of T5 tubes to use in it, but of course I am now confused, can anyone please give me some advise
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    what fluro fitting did you add? Is it T5HO? How many bulbs? What colour temperature do you like your tank at and are you planning on running the t5 to add growth or colour?
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    It only has 2 bulbs, 48 in, for growth and colour, running it 4-5 hours a day to supplement razor
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    Cool cool, but it is T5HO though yeah?

    I'd probably add a nice mid colored bulb like a blue plus/coral plus
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    Look at the Red Sea T5 tubes.
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    Yeah i have read the corals like the blue light, and so do i, but there are so many of them
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    2 x blue white Red Sea tubes would be a good launch pad into supplemental lighting although they may be white to our eyes the results are great IMO - I currently use them too.

    I have tried Narva , ATI , KZ in the past and found RS perform perhaps even better than the fan boy brands mentioned.

    If you have the cash grab 1 actinic and try the actinic and blue white tube together.
    You will benefit from a lot of useful PAR and PUR from that combo as well.
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    Id go ati tubes.

    Coral plus and blue plus, or possibly a purple plus
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    Where do you procure ati tubes?
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    I'm all about the Red Sea tubes as well. I've tried so many and they're one of the best, Geiseman is my second choice, then the super cheap ass Chinese bulbs.
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    Reef secrets has heaps of all sizes :D
    Just bought new ones today
    2x coral plus
    2x blue plus
    1x aqua blue special
    1x purple plus
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    Thanks for the heads up.
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    whats your combo?
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    IT is a T5 fitting not sure what you mean by HO?
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    is it an aquarium specific t5 fixture? Not a household unit?
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    Starting from the back....
    Narva blue
    ATI aquablue special
    Red Sea actinic ( looks like Narva blue but pops the coral heaps)
    ATI purple plus
    ATI aquablue spech
    Red Sea actinic
    ATI aquablue spech
    Red Sea reef spec blue white at the front.

    Par monsters are aquablue special
    That's if you can get them in Aus
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    When Sam talks about HO's like that
    He means High Output well at least I think he does:D
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    T5's are a smaller diameter tube.

    Not like a "normal" household fluorescent tube. Which is T8.




    HO is high output.

    Is it an aquarium fitting?
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    hehe yes, HO for high output. Ie, what aquarium fixtures are. I only ask as I have come across a few people trying to fit aquarium bulbs into some garage fixtures they picked up off gumtree cheap thinking they had worked this aquarium game out :p

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