Should I add supplemental T5’s to my Kessil AP9X setup?

Should I add the T5’s and mount described?


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Adam1985

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I would just rock the AP9X. I have the same light and I love it!!!

I previously ran a t5hybrid, it does wonders but… I don’t like the esthetics part. Too bulky for my taste.
These were my thoughts as well but now that it’s on there, I’m starting to like it. Definitely gives a fuller look when running but doesn’t overpower the Kessil shimmer.

Since it’s on during daytime hours only, I’m going to move to 100% ATI blue plus, and save the actinics for when/if I want more fluorescence or use the T5’s at night. I like actinics but feel the Kessil does a better job of fluorescence during sunset, etc.
 

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Yeah I really like the way you set that up to manage the wires. My wire situation is terrible.

Anyway appreciate the comments. It’s actually the first time someone who knows anything about reefing has complimented my setup.

My other half doesn’t like to discuss my tank (pretty sure it’s a jealousy thing;)). And people who don’t know reefing might say it’s pretty but have no clue what kind of effort goes in.
Well when I first started reefing I converted my 46 bowfront to salt from fresh with a canister filter while waiting for my new sump. Didn't have room in the cabinet so had to place it on the floor next to tank. My wife finally had enough of it so I told her in order for me to fix it I need a bigger tank, this was the only way to convince her I need bigger. lol Then I got the 75 placed it in another location transferred everything over with new sand and rinsed rocks. I reused one of my canister filters to get it going while cleaning the sump. After a couple weeks noticed my sump will not fit in the cabinet, duh was supposed to go through the top I then realized, so now I am using my spare ten gallon for a sump.

Reefing sure is a learning experience for at least 2 years. I am retired bus mechanic of 20 years, was an auto mechanic for 30. I can think of ideas that can improved things in my life like that coat rack repurposed into a light hanger. My wife was like I don't know Tony, I said would you rather have wires from the ceiling?. Then I decorated the hanger with plastic vines and she likes it better now lol. Those rigid hangers mounted to the tank I hate them, they look nice but when you have to into the water for what ever reason you knock the light off kilter and you have to bend it back, with fixture hanging by wires you can knock the light and it will spring back.

Sorry for the long story. like I said I am retired and have plenty time on my hands. And happy to help new reefers, been there. As time goes on you will want bigger and better things maybe. But never stop learning and go slow, if you want to do something new to change what you are doing ask the experienced reefers heer, most are glad to help even if you think it is a dumb question. Glad to meet you and good luck on your tank. I got to stop talking know. Take Care.
 

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Sorry. I had to edit my last reply 5 times for misspellings and always proof read before sending to make sure I say nothing offensive and didn't catch it then. I am a perfectionist when it comes to things I do that's why when I get a new job I quickly rise to the top. lol
 
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Well when I first started reefing I converted my 46 bowfront to salt from fresh with a canister filter while waiting for my new sump. Didn't have room in the cabinet so had to place it on the floor next to tank. My wife finally had enough of it so I told her in order for me to fix it I need a bigger tank, this was the only way to convince her I need bigger. lol Then I got the 75 placed it in another location transferred everything over with new sand and rinsed rocks. I reused one of my canister filters to get it going while cleaning the sump. After a couple weeks noticed my sump will not fit in the cabinet, duh was supposed to go through the top I then realized, so now I am using my spare ten gallon for a sump.

Reefing sure is a learning experience for at least 2 years. I am retired bus mechanic of 20 years, was an auto mechanic for 30. I can think of ideas that can improved things in my life like that coat rack repurposed into a light hanger. My wife was like I don't know Tony, I said would you rather have wires from the ceiling?. Then I decorated the hanger with plastic vines and she likes it better now lol. Those rigid hangers mounted to the tank I hate them, they look nice but when you have to into the water for what ever reason you knock the light off kilter and you have to bend it back, with fixture hanging by wires you can knock the light and it will spring back.

Sorry for the long story. like I said I am retired and have plenty time on my hands. And happy to help new reefers, been there. As time goes on you will want bigger and better things maybe. But never stop learning and go slow, if you want to do something new to change what you are doing ask the experienced reefers heer, most are glad to help even if you think it is a dumb question. Glad to meet you and good luck on your tank. I got to stop talking know. Take Care.
Thanks a lot and likewise! Let’s keep learning together!
 

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If you want to use the T5's make or buy a bracket to mount all the fixtures to it to make it look like one fixture. Nothing wrong with having all that light. if you do move the lights closer to the water lower the intensity to compensate. I have mine at 90% intensity for the blue spectrum, reds, green keep low 5-10%, whites no higher than 25% or cyano will bloom. In my tank anyway. I will raise the whites if taking pics or just to get a good look into my rocks.
 

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