Conversion from T8 to T5? - Centurion

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    Hi Guys!

    Does anyone have any experience in changing a T8 light to T5 for a hooded filter/light setup like found on most Boyu etc tanks?

    Not using either the filter or the T8 so want to remove all and replace with T5's but have no idea of where to start.

    Many thanks!

    Regards, Johan
     
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    first get the right ballasts for the t5 globes. then get the waterproof endcaps and then the right length t5 tubes.
    2 ft = 24w
    3ft = 39w
    4ft = 54w......etc
     
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    Hi Johan


    As @Ivan (or more commonly known as "The Engineer") mentioned, decide on the size tubes (length - depending on space available).
    the quantity 2, 4 or 6 (don't know how many you can fit in there).
    Then the end caps, lamp holders (daai funny blink fingertjies wat die buise vashou, 2 per buis)
    And then the ballasts, either one per tube or "twins" (one ballast that can run two tubes)

    You'll need a but of wire for the cabling and the wiring instructions are usually printed on the ballast.

    Tubes are cheapest at the Lamp House - anything between 6500k and 10000k max (Growlux, Aquastars and skylux if I'm not mistaken)
    I use a combo of Skylux (8800k) and Aquastars (10000k) but the engineer uses growlux and skylux, I think - your preference... they are all just different temperature and or colour ratings - some grow red plants better, others grow algae better, such is my case... :mad::D:mad::p

    Ballasts you should be able to get here in Centurion from a few places like Khuso Electrical in Clubview and Voltec but to name a few - They might even be able to order the lamp holders and end caps for you.
    You should be able to get a timer from them too, if not, then Builders...

    Did I miss anything?

    the rest is a easy Saturday afternoon DIY project, don't forget to post pics, @Deadpool is a sucker for pics...
     
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    Betty White pics? :sex:

    I have normal T5 endcaps on my tanks...then again, I dont have a closed canopy...to there's good circulation over my tanks (I hope)
     
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    I'm a cheapskate so I use choc blocks for endcaps :)
     
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    That's not cheapskate - that's brilliant!
    +1 one for you!!!
     
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