T5 DIY?

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  1. Toshi(Walter)
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    Great, then I'll replace my other 2 tubes with them aswell! Does anyone know the difs between a power-glo and a aqua-glo?
     
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    Check the spectrums on the box covers you will see.
     
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    Toshi. look at the link I posted. It has the CRI for all the hagen tubes

    http://ukrop.info/index.htm?file=http:/ ... _level.htm

    Even though the overall colour of the power glo is pretty blue, you will see that it has nice peaks in the yellow and red spectrums, which is very good for plant growth.

    I used to run two power glo's alongside a sun-glo and was very happy with the results.
     
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    Thx Andre, but if you look at the charts they say the aqua and sun glo is the best. is that correct? cause you are looking for yellow and red spectrum. ???
     
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    The Aqua and Sun glo's are very good for plant growth, but if you use them exclusively they tend to give your tank a very yellow look. Adding a Power glo or two will help to give a more natural look.
     
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    Ok but back to da topic about T5, what spectrum are they? I read something about 6000k?
     
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    Just like T8's you have different ratings of T5 tubes.
     
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    O i see. but then is it really worth the while to get T5? I mean will that much light not stress your fish and maby even kill some of your plants?
     
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    There's no such thing as TO much light ;)

    Okay taking into account that running high light will speed up the nuturance uptake of the plants and running out of nuturance could promote algae growth ex.

    I think the secret is balance, balance between light intensity and nuturance uptake...
     
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    Just put in 2 Osram Skywhite tubes, 8000K. each cost aprox R35. It is definitley brightens up my tank. I still need to balance out the Colour with a Flo lux
     
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    Risen, where do you get the Osram skywhite globes, and are they T5's? Have a couple of them as T5's on my discus tank, but it was a mission getting them, would like to know if there is an easier way!
     
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    They are T5's. You need to ask the lighting shop guys. I had to phone around quite a bit. I never tell them I am a tropical fish hobbyist as they tend to say "no sorry we dont stock those lights". I have phoned a large lighting supplier so many times, that he thinks there is a huge demand. He then got some in. Phone and make yourself heard.
     
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    Sorry bud...they are T8's, but very powerful T8's. I put some on my tanks too
     
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    hey Rowland what ever happened to those lights you ordered?
     
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    Risen ended up getting them. I was out of the country for a bit. I got some when I got back though. Are you still keen? Sure it will be easy to organise.
     
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    I wouldnt want to put you out man, but I am looking for some new lighting, anything you would recommend?
     
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    Rowland,
    Rattail is also looking for 5x 60cm T8 6500k tubes and also some electronic ballasts.
    I will also ask my contact (Willem) at Arora lights at Northgate near Ysterplaat.
    He is putting a list together as we speak.
    Gert.
     
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    So, they are T8's the Skywhites? Got mine from a guy in CT that does import boxes of the T5's, the plants really love those lights! Think they were R65 ex shipping...
     
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    Can you perhaps share the contact with use?

    I am looking for a few tubes.
     

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