View Full Version : rebuilding 4x24w t5... what ballasts and bulbs?

04-28-2014, 05:16 PM
I'm just getting back into the hobby after a few year hiatus and plan to salvage some of my old equipment. First order of business is rebuilding my 4x24w 24inch t5 fixture. I'd like to have two actinics and two sunlights. If I want to run the actinics and sunlights separately what ballasts and ballast configuration would I want to look into and then in terms of bulbs whats hot these days? I'll be housing zoos and shrooms. Pumped to be back, pumped to be here, thank u in advance!

static reef
04-28-2014, 06:03 PM
I dont know how to work in thise lights but, welcome to the club and back to the hobby.

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04-28-2014, 06:11 PM
Much appreciated. Can't wait to see what everyone's got goin on. This was always a great community.

04-28-2014, 09:41 PM
Welcome back. One of our members has recently torn things down, but he ran 6 t5s and had tremendous growth of just about everything.

Joe, can you offer some info on the bulbs and configuration you used?

04-28-2014, 11:40 PM
A Fulham workhorse 4 ballast will push two of the 24w T5 bulbs. As far as bulbs.. ATI are the hot bulbs now. I have had good growth with UV, and wavemaster as well. Something in the 10000k range will give good growth and color.

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04-29-2014, 09:48 AM
As Doyle said, I think the Workhorse is a fine ballast for you. You don't need an overdriven ballast like an Icecap if you're just housing zoas and shrooms. I probably wouldn't use two daylight bulbs. It'll be way too yellow/white. I'd just use one. The white really overpowers the blue. It's usually about 3 blue bulbs to one white. I like the ATI bulbs the best. Get them online at Reefgeek.

04-29-2014, 11:39 PM
Just what I needed. Thanks guys!

05-07-2014, 06:15 AM
+1 to ATI bulbs the best. I run 2-blue plus, 1 purple plus, 1 actinic, and 2- Geisemann Coral Plus in my 6 x 54 setup. Great color and growth (SPS tank). When I replace my bulbs I'll do the same except for swap the actinic for another purple plus (the other bulbs overpower the actinic).

the haj
05-07-2014, 08:04 PM
I have a icecap 660 ballast with a wire loom if you are still looking for, can't beat the price FREE.

05-07-2014, 09:13 PM
Hey Haj, if you just want it gone, i'll take it. I would love to have a spare incase I have a problem with one of mine.