Budget T5 Fixture

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Hello everyone. After watching Tidal Garden's video about cheap hydrofarm agrobrite fixtures, I am considering buying the 2 foot 4 tube model, and replacing the bulbs with 2 coral plus, and 2 blue plus bulbs. This option will come out to less than 200 dollars. I will be hanging this fixture over a RSR 250 for an acro dominant system. What is your opinion on this budget T5 setup?
 
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I would buy a retrofit kit, but the white-coated aluminum housing of the agrobrite fixture matches my tank stand.
 

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Highly doubt you can get the output you are looking for out of a 2ft 4 bulb. I own a bunch of agrobrite fixtures and the 2ft fixtures just don't pack a punch. I'd suggest a different route.
 
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I think I might consider buying a used ati fixture.
White...

24" wide.

21" wide 6 24" bulbs..
 
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What size tank is this for? I wouldnt use the 8 bulb agrobrite because it is pretty huge and the light spill would be annoying in most tanks
 

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I vote 6 bulb t5 and a reefbrite or orphek led strip if youre doing sps coral they will love it. check this one out its cheap, but is current usa and has mounting legs
 

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np i did the same thing a year ago I was lucky to find a giesemann matrixx ii with mounting legs for pretty cheap, those are nice fixtures too, good luck
 

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I bought something similar to that but I didn’t use it because the bulb sockets didn’t have water protection, and the steel? fixture was quite heavy.

Used retrofit fixtures or Hybrid T5 fixtures can sometimes be found for very little. Just make sure the reflectors are in decent condition because reflectors can be expensive.
 
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