Is this possible?

celtic_Dude

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This may not be the smartest ? but if you decide to go with only t-5 lighting, is there anything you could do to add a little shimmering affect to your tank similar to mh's?
 

eddnyster

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I haven't tried, BUT will soon, hooking up the PowerBrite LEDs from Current USA. They add a pretty good shimmering affect by themselves companied with PC bulbs. I'm not sure if I'll get the same effect with T5s though.
 

ricde

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I currently am running 3 (10000k) powerbrites- 1 powermodule and 2 linking. They do a pretty good job of adding shimmer effect through 440 watts vho lighting, provided you have good surface agitation.
 

nativecracker32

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Ya you can get the small LED strips and put them over your tank. The shimmer comes from point source light ie. m.h. the length of the t-5 bulbs are what takes way the shimmer. I'm running 16 t-5's and three led strips. my tank is 7' long but I get the shimmer. not as well as with m.h. still nice!
 

celtic_Dude

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Thanks for the good word! I have never had mh before and am not sure if I will go that route in the near future but I love the way it looks in my friends tanks and my lfs. For the Led's, can they be a diy project or best to buy them?
 

eddnyster

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you're better off just buying them. It's too much of a hassle making a retro and finding the right cooling system to keep them from overheating.
 
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