does T5 has a maximum effective depth?

jarthel

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I'm considering 6x 4W T5 HO for a 70cm (h) tank. I plan to have a 8cm thick substrate. Will this work? thank you
 

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Yes, I have 1.8W gal at 80cm from the bulb to the lower plants without any issues.

You have more than enough light, maybe more than you bargain for.

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Tom Barr
 

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plantbrain said:
Yes, I have 1.8W gal at 80cm from the bulb to the lower plants without any issues.

You have more than enough light, maybe more than you bargain for.

Regards,
Tom Barr
thank you for the reply :)

just a question again if you don't mind: you said, 6x is a lot. Is there some sort of calculator that I can use? I do not intend to plant any plants that require bright lights.

thanks again
 

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jarthel said:
I'm considering 6x 4W T5 HO for a 70cm (h) tank. I plan to have a 8cm thick substrate. Will this work? thank you
Do you mean 6 x 54w T5? 4w lamps are very small...

I had success with 2 x 54w T5 over a 70cm tall tank (370 litres). With good reflectors 2 x T5 is all you generally need for most plants, even at 70cm. Good nutrients and circulation are also very important.
 

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George Farmer said:
Do you mean 6 x 54w T5? 4w lamps are very small...

I had success with 2 x 54w T5 over a 70cm tall tank (370 litres). With good reflectors 2 x T5 is all you generally need for most plants, even at 70cm. Good nutrients and circulation are also very important.
yeah. I meant 54W. just want to clarify: you meant 2x T5 HO. right?

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I'd be much more worried about how to get enough CO2 to penetrate down to the bottom of a 70 cm high tank while using such high spectral energy levels. :silent:

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ceg4048 said:
I'd be much more worried about how to get enough CO2 to penetrate down to the bottom of a 70 cm high tank while using such high spectral energy levels. :silent:

Cheers,
I'm a first timer and I was just considering the equivalent power output based on 2x 150W halides. :)
 

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Well, this is THE single biggest mistake first timers make. Lots of light without considering the implications of CO2 and nutrition results in algal blooms. I don't think you want to spend your time cleaning algae from those 70 cm of glass every day right? First timers need to be much more concerned about having sufficient flow in the tank to deliver CO2 and nutrients and they need to have a plan for how to distribute that flow. Lighting is easy. Plants don't require nearly as much lighting as people seem to be hypnotized to believe. I use loads of lighting but that requires loads of CO2, flow/distribution and nutrients. Have you thought about your CO2 injection methods, i.e. whether you need to use multiple injectors on this sized tank, or whether to use external versus internal diffuser? This should be at the very top of the list for any tank, but especially for large tanks. Have you thought about water changes? With such high energy levels you'll need to do large and/or frequent changes so that factor might affect hardware choices and perhaps even tank placement.

There are so many things to think about and there are so many potential problems that your lighting choice will only exacerbate....

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I am thinking of getting a 4x 54W (maybe 3) and leaving only 2 bulbs in there for now until I ready to "walk". I want to learn how to "crawl" for now. This thread opened my eyes! :D

Thanks everyone!!! :)
 

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4x 54 watts is what I have on a tank that is 120cm x 60cm x60cm at 80 Depth(lights are about 20cm above the tank).

They are spaced out almost 35cm apart in pairs, so there is some good sized light angles going on that make the tank look fullers and grows dense than a point source might or a single high intensity bulb, in otherwords, the light spread is more even.

If you have humble species goals, then stick with no more than this for T5.

Even with nice plant species, I've yet to find any species that does not grow well due to light. It's always something else for a reason why the plant does poorly in this tank.

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Tom Barr
 

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In response to a PM, but it's worth sharing.

You should be able to grow most foreground/carpeting plants with 2 x 54w T5, providing CO2/nutrients and circulation are up to scratch.

Because of their position in the aquarium, low plants tend to receive the least amount of flow and CO2, so consider this when positioning your filter outlets etc.

Some foreground plants are more demanding than others too, so consider species selection too.
 

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George Farmer said:
In response to a PM, but it's worth sharing.

You should be able to grow most foreground/carpeting plants with 2 x 54w T5, providing CO2/nutrients and circulation are up to scratch.

Because of their position in the aquarium, low plants tend to receive the least amount of flow and CO2, so consider this when positioning your filter outlets etc.

Some foreground plants are more demanding than others too, so consider species selection too.
So I can exclude HC and glosso. right? thanks again
 

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jarthel said:
So I can exclude HC and glosso. right? thanks again
Not necessarily. If they're not shaded by other plants, and you have good CO2/nutrients and circulation down there then you may be ok.
 

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George Farmer said:
jarthel said:
So I can exclude HC and glosso. right? thanks again
Not necessarily. If they're not shaded by other plants, and you have good CO2/nutrients and circulation down there then you may be ok.
thank you very much :)
 
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