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lighting help

PostAuthor: Ray » Mon Apr 29, 2013 15:16

just acquired a four foot tank and base that is going into the man cave but does not come with lights so was looking around the internet looking for the best option trouble is there are so many different combination out there it can get a bit confusing

this is what i have found

http://www.charterhouse-aquatics.co.uk/ ... p-712.html

along side

http://www.charterhouse-aquatics.co.uk/ ... p-715.html

or these that are alot cheaper and have read some good reviews on them

http://www.iquaticsonline.co.uk/t5-fluo ... 00k-3.html

http://www.iquaticsonline.co.uk/t5-fluo ... pical.html

will also need a starter with this power both ok

http://www.charterhouse-aquatics.co.uk/ ... -3503.html

any help appreciated as im not to clued up on lighting and dont want the tank to be to overpowering like im looking at the sun :) and wash the fish colours out
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Re: lighting help

PostAuthor: johnlfc » Mon Apr 29, 2013 23:01

Hi ray,

Are you set on t5 or are you happy to look at led? Does your lighting need to be on show? If its hidden in the hood you may be able to pop some led strips in that aren't too bright and could work out a lot cheaper than the t5 options??
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Re: lighting help

PostAuthor: Ray » Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:15

thanks john not really thought about leds have heard that you dont get good algue growth with leds though
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Re: lighting help

PostAuthor: johnlfc » Tue Apr 30, 2013 15:24

cant speak first hand as I've never used them but from what I have heard they have really come on. Also used in the marine community now so must be packing a decent punch.
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Re: lighting help

PostAuthor: trumps » Tue Apr 30, 2013 17:37

I'm toying with the led route for the new tank, but there is so many different types :roll: I posted a thread on here that I was looking at :good:
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Re: lighting help

PostAuthor: Chrisc » Tue Apr 30, 2013 19:30

My leds don't produce much algae if any, but my tank gets loads of sun so no need. My leds were never bought to do it anyway.

It takes a certain type of light to make it grow, my leds are cheap but I am sure the more and I mean a lot more might do the job but there more expensive than t5 or t8
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Re: lighting help

PostAuthor: egeorgiou » Mon Aug 12, 2013 20:34

A safe side recommendation:
Sylvania Aquastar - its a 10'000k color temp lamp

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Re: lighting help

PostAuthor: andrew45 » Mon Sep 09, 2013 08:09

The T5 lights are best option for tank setup. These lights consume less energy and provide good result.

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Re: lighting help

PostAuthor: maxie » Tue Sep 10, 2013 08:19

hiya, i've been using the new ultima 600 and some led tiles and i'm getting green algea, and the shimmer effect looks great too. :)

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Re: lighting help

PostAuthor: sheppy27 » Fri Mar 21, 2014 21:49

new 6x2x2 nd aquatic tank ordered trying to find a led light set up for 6 foot tank without any luck any ideas welcomed

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Re: lighting help

PostAuthor: trumps » Sat Mar 22, 2014 08:56

I brought some from china via the bay I think and now that I have them wired up properly and soldered they are fine, all in all about £100
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Re: lighting help

PostAuthor: Sweety » Sun Mar 23, 2014 22:45

trumps wrote:I brought some from china via the bay I think and now that I have them wired up properly and soldered they are fine, all in all about £100

Would be interested in some pic's & what you used

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Re: lighting help

PostAuthor: trumps » Sun Mar 23, 2014 23:14

I'm sure I done a thread on here somewhere :roll:

I shall we if I can find it although I have made some alterations since then
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