Any Tek T5 Retro Reviews or Bulb Suggestions?

Aristarchus

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I have a 2 bulb T5 Tek Retro kit, and I haven't installed it yet. I was wondering what people thought of the tek retro kits? I could find a lot of reviews about the Tek fixtures but not the retro.

I am going to be adding 2 more retro T5's (total of 4) to my 55g and was wondering what additional bulbs would be a good recommendation?

Current bulbs-
1x54W AquaSun T5 Lamp by UV Lighting
1x54W Super Actinic T5 Lamp by UV Lighting

Thanks
 

Aristarchus

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Forgot to mention, I would like to grow mainly softies, leathers, and a small amount of SPS(future possiblity)
 

JRechcygl

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They are not terrible... What do you need to know? They are in the top five as far as reflectability, not the best but definetly not the worst. A little wide for my liking but that can be a benefit...
 

metalmulisha

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I like them. Should be enough for the 55 gallon. I ran 4x48 with super actinics since it almost resemembled radiums 20K just a little bluer.
 

The0wn4g3

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Loved mine. Never had a problem out of it. I used the 2 bulb retro to run actinics on my 65 gallon. For you set-up, they will be great.
 

Aristarchus

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Thanks, sounds like for my budget they were a wise purchase then.. anyone have a good recommendation for my 2 other bulbs? Appreciate the replies..

Kyle
 

JRechcygl

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A rough guideline would be one lamp per every 3" of tank depth so 4 lamps would hold up on that 55 esp since they are alittle wider and have a little extra spread
 

cobbobby

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They work well as retro's. On a 55g you can keep anything you want with a 4x48" kit. The aquasun is a tough bulb to control meaning with 4 bulb retro your going to get a reddish / yellow look unless you go with a 3x blue plus bulb's surounding it.
 

The0wn4g3

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as for bulbs:
1 x 39W ATI Blue Plus
1 x 39W 12000K ATI Aquablue Special
1 x 39W ATI Pro Color
1 x 39W ATI Blue Plus

Can't beat that combo IMO.
 
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