My first 48inch T5HO came with my tank as a kit. I picked up my 4x65 Coralife Aqualight because I thought it was superior because of the wattage. Apparently I'm wrong? 4 65 watt bulbs aren't as strong as 2 54 watt T5HO?
Now at king ed's, their staff, and the guy that does the show tank right inside the front door, ( he also is a professional aquarium keeper) all say PC all the way, they say, " significant more lumens from the PC's..........
This is whats bugging me, how can there be so much confusion. Everyone in here, seems to be of like opions, (majority atleast) i know theres some seriously experienced people in this forum, so how is it that the opinions in here, are so contrary to the staff at king eds.
well it comes down to what your doing. IMHO t-5 ho is much better for plants, and looks better then p/c, much brighter. but that also depends on the fixture. i know that you can get sun blaster t-5s for 25 dollars, with bulb and ballast, but you have to build the canopy yourself, and the bulbs suck for reefs. its like saying "whats better, a ford or a chevie?" there are so many variables, that it comes down to opinnion, and so many other factors.
I had PC and now T6HO (which are really T5HO). The PC were hot and the bulbs won't last as long as T5's. My PC had an noticable fade and the spectrum changed within 6mo. As for t5ho if you get the nicer bulbs i.e. Giesman then there is not too much difference.
IMO, I think PC will produce a better light from Month 0-3....then it starts to really go south. Go have a look at Ocean aquatics.. They have Corals and clams growing with T5HO (last time I was there). The way I see it is that if its good enough for corals and clams, then its more than good enough for plants.