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Gday, Iím currently researching a future 5 foot, 100G Discus tank. Although its not going to be a planted tank, I would still like to grow some healthy swords and other moderate light plants thus was intending to run pressurised CO2.
Looking at the various lighting options available, I had all but locked in some T5 kits by AH Supplies (http://www.ahsupply.com/36-55w.htm) and figured 4x55W with individual reflectors would tick the boxes of my lighting requirements above. In fact a couple of days ago, I was about to post, asking for opinions of these kits when I saw a great lighting article posted by aquafrogstuff (http://www.americanaquariumproducts.com/Aquarium_Lighting.html) which gave high output CFLís a big rap.
Iíve since been talking to a few hydroponic stores and was looking at a pair of 85W 6400K CFL's with individual reflectors as an alternative. Each sold as a kit for around $70 each. Iím looking for other peoples experiences and recommendations of CFLís, ie is that enough wattage, longevity of the bulbs, different reflectors etc. Also appreciate comments on the T5 option above as I havenít decided which way to go yet.
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