Aquatinics Solar Flare

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  1. patchin

    patchin Facilities / Event Coordinator

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    Any opinions on the Solar Flare 6 bulb t5 unit? Seems like a way to light my 100 ga with a minimum of wattage.
     
  2. iani

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    One thing to note with the solar flare fixtulre is that it over drives the bulbs. Each bulb is driven at ~80 watts. With all 6 bulbs driven you will be near the 500w mark. You won't be saving much on electricity compared to 2x250w MH driven with an electronic ballast.
     
  3. patchin

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    Good Point!
     
  4. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

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    However, if you could turn on the fixture two bulbs at a time and eventually ramp up the intensity you will save some electrical energy vs running 2x250w 8-12 hours a day. However by over driving the bulbs you shorten the life, and the extra cost of bulb replacement might negate any energy bill savings.
     
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    If you have a canopy you can do a retrofit which is cheaper and you can spread out 4 bulbs which should be plenty
     
  6. patchin

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    So you think 4 t5s is enough light for a 48x24x20tall tank?
     
  7. Gomer

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    For an SPS tank, I would use 6-8 bulbs T5HO (not the over driven T5HO)
    I would also stagger the lighting to turn on something like (adjust as you see fit)

    4-5pm = 2 bulbs on
    5-7 pm = 4 bulbs on
    7-10 pm = 6 bulbs on
    10-12 pm = 4 bulbs on
    12-1 am = 2 bulbs on
     
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    If you have good reflectors and overdriving them. If you don't want to overdrive them you may need more. It also depends on what you're keeping. I got an ATI fixture which doesn't overdrive the bulbs but the output is good. It costs a pretty penny though.
     
  9. sfsuphysics

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    I think 4 bulbs would be fine too for only 20" tall, I mean you probably won't get any crazy insane growth rates but it'll work still.
     
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    4 would work but consider if you want different colors throughout the day. If it were me I'd go 6 like Gomer mentioned and have 2 ballasts so I could stagger them on & off at different times.
     
  11. patchin

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    Yeh, six bulbs on two standard ballasts sound good. Anybody got one available?
     
  12. sfsuphysics

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    If you want want Tony suggested you need 3 ballasts. Also most normal T5 ballasts only can run 2 bulbs per ballast anyways. Exception is the icecap ballasts, but those over drive the bulbs
     
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    Ask Mikey about how well you can do with just 4 bulbs, you can get insane crazy growth rates with that setup. IMO PAR is overrated, water clarity plays a huge role much of a role as light, as well as flow too.

    Not to discount your post Mike, you are correct, I just wanted to bring into the discussion the other factors that influence coral health/growth.
     
  14. iani

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    On a side note did you guys see that the new TEK lights will have built in fans and new reflectors?
     
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    Mikey runs an old TEK and is happy, they do the job for sure!
     
  16. GreshamH

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    Yah but no details :( just a couple little pics :(
     
  17. hiepatitis

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    the fans will help big time. longer bulb life and brighter burn.
     
  18. patchin

    patchin Facilities / Event Coordinator

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    How high off the water should they be?
     
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    Patchin, what ever you do, please do not put these solar flare any where close to the cherry bomb milli or you know what will happen :D :D
     
  20. patchin

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    I guess I'd have to get a new tank!
     

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