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ADA 45-f best light option? Help Please!


partyinyourhonor

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partyinyourhonor

Hey all,

I need some advice if you have a moment. I Just ordered an ADA 45-f bookshelf style aquarium

(18in X 9.5in X 6in) and need lighting.

 

I am thinking of ordering a Current Extreme T5.

It is 18" and I am pretty sure I will be able to grow almost anything, if not all things, since the tank is not deep... and everything will be very close to the bulbs.

 

 

I am open to other options though... LED, halide, or even PC...

Any thoughts, advice... would be a great help.

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if youd be willing to wait longer i would wait for nanotuners to release the MR16 bulbs if you dont want too much light spill i bet 2 of those would be perfect for a tank that size although i would wait for evils PAR plots before deciding on how many youd need

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Looks like everyone else was suggesting options based on the dimensions you listed, which are wrong. You missed a 1, so the actual dimensions are 18"x9.5"x6", give or take.

 

Based on your original question, the 18" Nova would work quite well. If you want to go LED, 6 LEDs like redfishsc suggested. Just keep them in a single line down the middle. I typically like to have a minimum of two rows for color blending purposes, but a single row can work too. If you want to try PAR3X type lamps, then you would need two with as wide a lense angle as you can get.

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partyinyourhonor

Sorry about the measurement omission... cut and paste mishap. I am liking the six led idea... I have no experience so I will start by reading Evil's LED's thread...

The Nova extreme option is still on the table... it's really affordable... however, the tank will be in my office so I would like a near silent light and the nova extreme has a fan, and on my hexagon I have the NEP and hate the fact that there are so few 18w bulbs to choose from out there...

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