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Im getting ready to build my rack and was thinking about doing one row with HOT5 light I just bought and one T-8 fixture and was curious if any dart frogs would prefer less intense light over the brighter T-5s. Just want to plan my tank builds accordingly.
 

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Im getting ready to build my rack and was thinking about doing one row with HOT5 light I just bought and one T-8 fixture and was curious if any dart frogs would prefer less intense light over the brighter T-5s. Just want to plan my tank builds accordingly.
If you provide them with shelter from the light and make sure they don't overheat, the vast majority of them adapt...

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We have kept various darts under power compacts, T5's, T8's, and even T12's with no problems. As Ed says, as long as meet the needs of the frogs, and watch your temps they should do fine. Some people have noted that Granuliferus breed better under low intensity lights. It can really be more about what kind of plants you wish to grow. If it's all about the frogs, and you are fine with low light plants like pothos, you can even get away with T12's
 

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We have kept various darts under power compacts, T5's, T8's, and even T12's with no problems. As Ed says, as long as meet the needs of the frogs, and watch your temps they should do fine. Some people have noted that Granuliferus breed better under low intensity lights. It can really be more about what kind of plants you wish to grow. If it's all about the frogs, and you are fine with low light plants like pothos, you can even get away with T12's
Thanks guys for the help. I think I will do one row of each. Thanks again for the quick responses!!!
 

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Sorry for all the questions but I do have one more lol. When hanging lights on the rack what the average height everyone has their lights above the tank. Just curious as I know it will vary based off heat but rough ball park is all I'm looking for.
 

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Having the bulbs a couple inches away should be plenty. If they are still too hot, set up a small fan blowing across the top.
 

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I have mine 3-4" away I believe on the rack. Like Doug said, if too much heat is getting to the tanks, you can blow the heat away from the lights with a fan so the tanks don't get too hot.
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I have mine 3-4" away I believe on the rack. Like Doug said, if too much heat is getting to the tanks, you can blow the heat away from the lights with a fan so the tanks don't get too hot.
Bryan
Yeah, I may have to rig up a fan on mine for the summer, but I'm about to test and play around with the heat difference(if any) between 2 T5HO's, 2 normal T5's and variations. I thought the 54watts per for the HO's would produce more heat from the fixture/lights then the 26watt normal 6500K bulbs...I've also thought about lifting up the fixture a couple more inches, (sitting 2" off) but with the zoomed HO fixture, you "screw" it on the side of the tank...hmm

Sorry to get off on a rant haha, but maybe you have the same questions/concerns as me. I agree with the above posts, I think if you are/worried about having heat issues, raising the fixture up a few inches or a small fan blowing air across the top would be the best options. Best of luck.
 
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