Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 06-18-2010, 04:10 PM   #41
AA Team Emeritus
 
Jimbo7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 1,996
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zer0 View Post
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.
True, I was hasty in my post and did not better explain myself. Current is definitely above coralife, they make nice compact fixtures with lots of nice features and they are very reliable. I had one over my frag tank for a year or so. The quality of the components though is what I was more referring to. Their stock bulbs aren't great, i saw a huge change when i upgraded to a mix of UVL and Giesemanns. Their reflectors are just decent as well, mine said it had "individual" reflectors but it was just one piece of metal bent all around, and not even close to parabolic.

Mind you this is all info from a couple years ago, I havent looked at any of their new fixtures really in depth. They might have changed those things i mentioned, but i kinda doubt it.

Thanks for setting me straight Zer0.
__________________

__________________
Links to old builds:
12DX LED Build
Frag Tank (Fixed Link)
Dorm Pico Tank
Jimbo7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2010, 04:55 PM   #42
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
severum mama's Avatar


 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: GA
Posts: 10,297
They haven't changed those things to my knowledge Jimbo7.

Our Current Nova Extreme Pro does just have one piece of metal, bent to make "individual" reflectors. More expensive brands (like Tek Light/Sunlight Supply) do actually have individual reflectors, but of course they have the price tag to match, lol. I do agree that upgrading the bulbs is a good idea. When I mentioned that we are keeping some sps in our tank with the 6x 39W T5's, I should have also mentioned that we upgraded to Giesemann bulbs.
__________________

severum mama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2010, 04:57 PM   #43
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
ilostnemo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Under ziggys bed..
Posts: 1,365
oh i was going to upgrade bulbs lol i would only keep the first ones if one goes out and i need it asap for some reason
__________________
two 10g nanoreef, 44g corner fw, 700g pond
ilostnemo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2010, 04:59 PM   #44
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
ilostnemo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Under ziggys bed..
Posts: 1,365
you can also buy indivdual reflectors and screw them in. to bad the reflectors are like 20 bucks each haha id need 6-8 of them.
__________________
two 10g nanoreef, 44g corner fw, 700g pond
ilostnemo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2010, 05:45 PM   #45
is back to save the day!
 
Zer0's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 3,194
Yeah i definitely agree on the bulbs part. I would have upgraded the bulbs on my Nova Extreme Pro as well if i still had it.. but i don't. And i also agree on the parts quality thing... they aren't the best, but they're not that bad. One end of my fixture was sortof bent up and you had to hammer it a bit to get the splash guard off.. but other than that everything was fine.

Just sayin...
__________________
Thanks.
-Kevin
Zer0 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2010, 08:34 PM   #46
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
ilostnemo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Under ziggys bed..
Posts: 1,365
i think i might go with 2 4x39 watt fixtures
__________________
two 10g nanoreef, 44g corner fw, 700g pond
ilostnemo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2010, 10:11 PM   #47
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
severum mama's Avatar


 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: GA
Posts: 10,297
Nice, that will be cool. If you are handy enough to build a canopy for your tank (like I wish I was, lol), you may be able to save some cash by using retrofit kits instead of fixtures.
severum mama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2010, 10:13 PM   #48
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
ilostnemo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Under ziggys bed..
Posts: 1,365
Quote:
Originally Posted by severum mama View Post
Nice, that will be cool. If you are handy enough to build a canopy for your tank (like I wish I was, lol), you may be able to save some cash by using retrofit kits instead of fixtures.
well ive thought of that. but then again its like 50 bucks each ballast so 8 bulbs thatd already be more than the 250 i can get these for. :/ but i would like a canopy.. i just cant figure out what the stain or wood is used in my stand
__________________

__________________
two 10g nanoreef, 44g corner fw, 700g pond
ilostnemo is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
8 gallon, oceanic

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My 29 gallon Oceanic BioCube has a leak. Prinzessin Saltwater Reef Aquaria 19 03-29-2010 03:34 PM
Oceanic 90 Gallon Bowfront sgc0286 General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 3 01-23-2010 12:05 AM
Oceanic BioCube 8 gallon nano! severum mama Nano Reefs 36 02-08-2008 02:40 AM
40 Gallon Hex From Oceanic ORDERED! PK Tester Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 1 12-19-2004 10:14 PM
Cost for 125 gallon oceanic e series flamron Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 3 10-24-2003 10:43 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:30 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.