iQuatics Aqualumi T5 Flourecent Tube Aquarium Controller Kit with T5 tubes and reflectors
The B5HO LED tubes from Biotek Marine are the newest retrofit tubes designed to replace T5 fluorescent lamps in the aquarium hobby. The Biotek Marine B5HO name doesn’t score any points for originality, and will probably cause some confusion with the tubes that paved the way, the E5HO tubes from Euroquatics.
Video explaining the difference between T5 and T8 Fluorescent tubes.
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Fish & Aquarium Supplies: T-5 HO Fluorescent Tubes
Aquarium Lighting: T-5 HO Plant Grow Fluorescent Tubes
T5 lighting has been available to the hobbyist for a number of years now although only recently has T5 lighting become a real alternative to Halide lighting for the dedicated Coral gardener due to the availability of high quality multi tube T5 light units. Modern, efficient T5 lighting units are capable of lighting aquariums up to 30" deep, run cooler than halide lighting and can be tuned by the hobbyist for the desired colour temperature by simply changing individual tubes . T5 tubes also gain an advantage as they produce their optimum lumen output at higher temperatures compared to older technology T8 tubes which typically produce their highest output at 25 C. A recent study showed that the optimum ambient operating temperature for T5 tubes was found to be at around 35C , a much more realistic operating temperature for a reef tank luminaire and the temperature that the new Matrix with its passive cooling technology is designed to run without the use of active cooling fans.Want your advice as to choose whether PL tubes or T5 tubes for my four feet planted aquarium. One of my very close friend is returning from Singapore so he told me that he will buy the things from there. The size of the tank is 4 X 1.5 X 1.5 Feet. The two options are Saltwater reef tanks with corals, clams and other light needing organisms will need the high output, very high output Fluorescent or metal halide lamps. Certain corals, anemones and clams require very intense lighting levels that can only be provided with T5-HO, VHO and metal halide light sources. A general rule of thumb for reef tanks is between 4 and 10 watts per aquarium gallon. Many reefers have lighting systems incorporating metal halides and VHO Fluorescent tubes. Research the species you want to keep because light requirements can vary. Because of the amount of heat these light units can produce, you may need to get an aquarium chiller to keep your tank water temperature in an acceptable range. The expense of lighting a reef tank may be just as high or higher than the cost of the live rock or even the price of all the other equipment combined.It tells us that the purchase of T5 is a good choice in terms of performance and the benefits it gives you like small size, high efficiency, long service life. However, the difference in price compared to T8 is significant. Therefore before the purchase carefully consider which one to choose. When choosing to remember that T8 light parameters are not really different from T5 tubes in terms of the spectrum of light and the rate of RA. They have a slightly lower viability and efficiency but also will bring colors of the fish in the aquarium. Both tubes T5 and T8 will keep the growth of plants.