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4 bulb T5 teklight strong enough for acro's?

Posted By Beren 10/29/2007 5:14:17 PM
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Beren
 Posted 10/29/2007 5:14:17 PM
 

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Hi all,

Do you think the T5 tek light which is 4 HO 39watt bulbs is strong enough for acropora? The acropora will be between 18 and 10 inches underneath the fixture. I will be using two URI aquasun for the two middle bulbs and actinc plus geismanns on the outsides.

Thanks!!

best,
Jared
argi
 Posted 10/30/2007 8:32:14 AM
 

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Hi Jared,

I have seen people sucessfully keeping acro's under T5 lighting so it is possible.  But there are other factors to consider.  A good reflector for the T5 bulb is key (Teklights have good reflectors) along with good water quality and flow. 

What size is the tank?  You say the acro's will be 10-18" under the fixture, is that all through water or part water and part air?

IMO 18" of water may be too much for only four 39 watt bulbs, but with good water quality and good flow it may be ok.

HTH,

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Beren
 Posted 10/31/2007 4:33:18 AM
 

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Hey Now,

The tank is a 58gallon oceanic. I have placed my acropora at the top about 10 inches under the light. The tek fixture rests bout 4 inches above the waterline. I am going to see how things go. If I am not satisfied I suppose I will put the halides back on. THanks!

argi
 Posted 10/31/2007 5:29:30 AM
 

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Let us know how it works out.  I ran four 36" T5 bulbs on my 220 for supplemental lighting and was amazed at how bright they were on the tank.

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