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Thread: 48" T5 + MH fixture Odyssea --comments and feedback

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    thanks for replies guys. Yes...the tank is pretty deep Joe. Its 36" deep. The plant are atleast 24" away from the lights.

    Thanks for the advice Drew, Brie and Jonathan. I realize what you guys mean now... by taking the water out at that size of a tank, I'll probably cook everything.

    So here are the options then guys...what do u think? upgrade to a 8 tube T5 : double current light or get one each of those 150 W MH?

    Joe...I also can't do too many lights on side as I keep the panels open for air to escape...more lights on side, more heat gets trapped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seedjar View Post
    For your terrarium though, I think you're already pretty well covered with that big T5 you've got; if you need more light at lower levels in the tank, why not get a pair of T12 shoplights and put them on the sides of the tank? It's not like you need the light to travel far - deep is that tank anyways, 18"? HOT5s are safer at closer ranges than HID lights, but still kind of overkill if you're able to get your plants right up next to the tubes.

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    Yeah! I guess I will try another idea which I kind of played around at the beginning of summer, use the CFL clamp fixtures and throw in a 60 watt daylight CFL to face inside the tank from the side. I couldn't test it for too long as it was summer and all the lights raised the heat too much. I guess now that temps are starting to go down a bit, maybe I should try that first. The only issue is that the clamp fixture is 20$ and the bulb is 15$. Thats 35$ on its own = quite a bit of money if I don't end up using it.

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    Hey Vraev you can usually find the clamp lights for reptiles on kijiji or craigslist for $5-$10 used. That's where I've always got mine from.

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    Clamp lights can be found at pretty much any home improvement store as well for less than 10 bucks.
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    Yea...I got the first clamp light at Canadian tire..19$. I guess I should check kijiji. I have always been a bit skeptical about ordering electrical equipment from these places,,, just in case something is wrong with them.

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