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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-14-2011, 03:02 AM Thread Starter
 
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I thought things looked funny

So I was looking at my 40g and thought it looked a little washed out and the corals did not look so happy. I know my lights are old and need to be replaced soon, but it looked really bad today. So I looked in the hood, and sure enough I had not 1 bulb blown, but two. It just had to be both my actinics . Good thing I had one extra one in the garage, but now I'm not sure if I want to get new bulbs or bite the bullet and get leds. I really want leds, but can't afford to get what I want for the tank right now. If I get the new bulbs for my T5s I'll have half good bulbs that in a month that I won't need......... maybe if I make and use my nano tank light I can get by with a cheaper light and not waist money until I can make the bigger one. Soooo do you guys think I can get away with replacing 4 really old 39w T5s with 12 cree leds with 65 degree optics on it? I won't be able to have the light very high off the tank, so maybe I should skip the optics for wider spread of light because the tank is 36in L x 15 1/2in D x 17in T. Oh I don't know what to do, I did not what to have to make this choice until at next month! Grrrrrrrrr very frustrating.... but my fault.
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Re: I thought things looked funny

take a look at ecoxotic panorama led unit.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-10-2012, 08:14 AM
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Re: I thought things looked funny

i dont think 12 cree's will give you enough lighting..i would just buy new bulbs for now and when you go LED's im sure you will keep the lights for emergency uses like i do..i just changed my 50 cube over to led's but i bought a skkye tablet system form innovative marine that connects to the back of the tank..im very pleased with it, but give far more light than i need hence i am having algae issure with the tank right now..if memory serves me right i have 20 led's in that tablet..

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Re: I thought things looked funny

Swap em out with LED's. Thet are alot brighter than most people think.

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