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Hey all,

I need some advice, i have a Hagen T5 HO 2 x 54w bulbs, but i have a 60 gallon planted tank, and that runs to less than 2 watts a gallon, so I bought a Current Dual satellite fixture, 4 CF bulbs 4x65 watt bulbs, 2 of them are actinic (those arent really useful for planted tanks correct?) for it, which brings it to over 4 watts per gallon

question... should i change blubs? and it (the current one) runs really hot, even with the fan on, while the Hagen powerglo doesnt have one, but light seems like its brighter, should i just return the dual sats, and just get another hagen power glow with aquaglo bulbs? (i understand they work better for planted tanks) and just bring it up to 216 watts for a 60g instead of the 260w, thanks all
 

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dumb question... when you mean high light, you mean the more watts per gallon one? or the lower wattage T5 High Output ones? :)
 

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For your tank

Hagen T5 HO 2 x 54w bulbs~Low light/boarder line medium

4 CF bulbs 4x65 watt bulbs~High light even with the actinic, but you should replace them.
From what I have read here and elsewhere, T5 lights are about 30 to 50% more intense than PC lights, so the 2 x 54 watt T5 lights are effectively much more than 2 watts per gallon and good enough to grow almost any aquatic plant.
 
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