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Old 06-18-2010, 09:46 AM   #31
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Lights are really hard to buy, purely on the fact that your interest in the hobby will change. My advice has always been save your pennies, and buy the biggest baddest fixture ever. Because one day you will conquer zoas, LPS and the likes and you'll want more, but then you end up having to spend another giant wad of cash, when you could have just paid like 100 bucks extra the first time. Patience is the hardest thing in this hobby.
Also, how can you not love SPS?


They are just so...amazing..
It's a whole different ball game with completely new and different challenges.
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Old 06-18-2010, 12:13 PM   #32
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well i mean i like sps but i dont think i have any intrest in growing them.. i need opinions between these 2x96 pc/ 4x39 t5/ 6x39 t5/ or if i can find it again the 6x96 pc? im leaning towards maybe the 6x39. do they make any higher watts in t5 bulbs in 36 inch?
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Old 06-18-2010, 12:57 PM   #33
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Just scrap the PC, you will end up paying more in bulbs in a couple years then its worth. T5 has a longer bulb life, cheaper bulbs, and better light output. If you got the means, go for the 6x39 T5. I would advice you to stay away from the general brands like Coralife and Current USA. If you can pop for it, Tek, Giesemann, and ATI all make a quality fixture.
In order of least to most expensive :
TEK LIGHT T-5, 36" Light Fixture 6 x 39W lamps by Sunlight Supply* - AquaCave
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:17 PM   #34
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well im gettin rid of the pc i have now. only reason i asked about them since they make them in 96w lol and hmmm. i like the first. and 8 bulbs does sound good though lol. only thing is i can get 2 4x39s for less than 250$
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:19 PM   #35
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Current USA makes great T5 light fixtures... There's no way you can compare Coralife and Current USA. The two brands you want to stay away from are Coralife and Odyssey.

Still, ATI, TEK, and Giesemann are GREAT light fixtures.. but the Giesemann's are expensive as heck. Wavepoint's are pretty good lights too.
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:25 PM   #36
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I haven't had any problems with Coralife fixtures, personally. I've used many of their PC fixtures, but never their T5 fixtures. Current's fixtures are nice for the money (there are much better out there but they have the price tag to match).

HN1 and I have a 50 gallon (same footprint as the 58, just shorter) and we use a Current Nova Extreme Pro 6x 39W T5. It's a great light for the money and we are even keeping some sps with it. We have a psammocora and a millipora that are doing great under T5.
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how much shorter is it severum?
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if i did any sps itd be at the top of the tank.
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It's not much shorter, our tank is 36x18x18. Our sps are kept at the top of the tank as well.
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Old 06-18-2010, 04:04 PM   #40
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so just 3 inches thats not that bad.. i was looking at maybe getting two 4x39 fixtures.. so i can have 8 bulbs for less than 250 lol. its from fishneedit and people have said they are good.
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