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Old 03/13/2018, 11:19 PM   #1
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Retro T5 + primes on 4í ?

Could you run two AI primes and 4 4í t5 bulbs on a 4í tank and do well? I was 2nd handed a Prime HD and was wondering if it was worth looking into using it in the 75g set up. Still havenít decided on the lighting. Feel good about some sort of t5/led hybrid. What do you think?


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Old 03/14/2018, 04:26 AM   #2
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Yes, that would give a good spectrum variety and the combo is becoming popular these days. The trick will be mounting. If you have a canopy that would help with the mounting options and hiding whatever clutter you create.


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Old 03/14/2018, 05:53 AM   #3
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LED/T5 combo seems to be very popular these days. I have gone to this setup(ATI T5 setup with 2 reefbrite strips) as I like the shimmer LED's give off.

I Forget who makes the fixture, but they have one thats a bare fixture you can add your favorite LED to, with 2 outer bulbs being T5's.

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I had to look as it was bugging me what the company was. It was AquaticLife that just came out with them. In this 4' fixture you can add 3 AI primes and have 4 T5's.

https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/48-hy...atic-life.html


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Old 03/14/2018, 11:52 AM   #4
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Yes, that would give a good spectrum variety and the combo is becoming popular these days. The trick will be mounting. If you have a canopy that would help with the mounting options and hiding whatever clutter you create.

Yeah Iíve got a canopy. It only sits about 6 inches from the top of the tank, probably 8 over the water. Worried about jamming it all in there but Iíll make it work.

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LED/T5 combo seems to be very popular these days. I have gone to this setup(ATI T5 setup with 2 reefbrite strips) as I like the shimmer LED's give off.

I Forget who makes the fixture, but they have one thats a bare fixture you can add your favorite LED to, with 2 outer bulbs being T5's.

Edit:
I had to look as it was bugging me what the company was. It was AquaticLife that just came out with them. In this 4' fixture you can add 3 AI primes and have 4 T5's.

https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/48-hy...atic-life.html

Thanks, thatís a sweet fixture. I may diy something just like that with aluminium.

Do yíall think I could get away with only two primes and 4 T5s, or a Prime and a hydra, instead of three primes, on a 4í (20ish deep) 75g?





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Yes, that would give a good spectrum variety and the combo is becoming popular these days. The trick will be mounting. If you have a canopy that would help with the mounting options and hiding whatever clutter you create.

Yeah Iíve got a canopy. It only sits about 6 inches from the top of the tank, probably 8 over the water. Worried about jamming it all in there but Iíll make it work.

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LED/T5 combo seems to be very popular these days. I have gone to this setup(ATI T5 setup with 2 reefbrite strips) as I like the shimmer LED's give off.

I Forget who makes the fixture, but they have one thats a bare fixture you can add your favorite LED to, with 2 outer bulbs being T5's.

Edit:
I had to look as it was bugging me what the company was. It was AquaticLife that just came out with them. In this 4' fixture you can add 3 AI primes and have 4 T5's.

https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/48-hy...atic-life.html

Thanks, thatís a sweet fixture. I may diy something just like that with aluminium.

Do yíall think I could get away with only two primes and 4 T5s, or a Prime and a hydra, instead of three primes, on a 4í (20ish deep) 75g?





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Iíve also seen people say theyíve had real success with 2 cheaper LED Black boxes and 4 t5s. Two different timers, or dimmable mods to one/both m, to achieve some sun movement and spectral change over the day, in place of the higher end, controllable LEDs. I love the cost and DIY aspect here, but donít want to not set up this reef for success. Thoughts?


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Do yíall think I could get away with only two primes and 4 T5s, or a Prime and a hydra, instead of three primes, on a 4í (20ish deep) 75g?





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Yeah, 4 bulbs by itself will do well enough on a 75 G mixed reef (6 bulbs are good for anything). Consider the AI's to be supplemental to the T-5 in this case.

You may want to cut a hole in the top of the canopy or get some exhaust fans in there to keep the LED's from overheating if they are going to be mounted enclosed.


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