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Old 06-16-2011, 02:17 AM   #1
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Are these lights good for coral?

I found this t5 lighting system for cheap and was wondering if it would be any good for coral.

http://www.aquatraders.com/48-inch-4...re-p/52305.htm
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Old 06-16-2011, 03:29 AM   #2
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Yes and no. Yes because it a a 4-bulb T5 HO fixture, and no because Odyssea products are cheap. Some people have good experiences with them, and they are a nightmare for others. The reflectors aren't of the best quality, the ballasts usually fail pretty quickly, and the bulbs are apparently terrible. If I remember correctly, they have an odd shaped bulb length, so it pretty much forces you to come back and buy their bulbs, but I don't know if this is still true. You can google them and there should be some petty nasty reviews/horror stories. All in all, I would buy a better quality fixture such as a Fishneedit.com fixture or something made by TEK or Current USA.
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Oh wow, sounds terrible! would it be able to sustain high light corals?
Also would something like this be better?
http://fishneedit.com/4ft4bulbs-with-l44.html
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fishneedit bulbs will need to be replaced I found that once I changed to another brand it really made a difference in the tank. They don't have individual reflectors but for the money it isn't a bad deal.
I got the true antinic, purple plus and the 12k once the lights burned in the color is fantastic. ATI T5 Lamps
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Yes and no. Yes because it a a 4-bulb T5 HO fixture, and no because Odyssea products are cheap. Some people have good experiences with them, and they are a nightmare for others. The reflectors aren't of the best quality, the ballasts usually fail pretty quickly, and the bulbs are apparently terrible. If I remember correctly, they have an odd shaped bulb length, so it pretty much forces you to come back and buy their bulbs, but I don't know if this is still true. You can google them and there should be some petty nasty reviews/horror stories. All in all, I would buy a better quality fixture such as a Fishneedit.com fixture or something made by TEK or Current USA.
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I've heard lots of complaints about this company in another forum, number one is that there light fixture catching fire sooo please be careful,
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Can someone find me a T5 light fixture that includes LED moonlights? That is really the appeal of the odyssea lights.
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You get what you pay for. Current is good and has completely switched over to T5 at this point. Check out some of the fixtures at marine depot Aquarium Fluorescent Lighting and Lamp Accessories
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Can someone find me a T5 light fixture that includes LED moonlights? That is really the appeal of the odyssea lights.

If youre thinking short term then the odyssea and fishneedit are the fixtures to go with in my opinion. I have had 2 odyssea t5 lights and while the new ones are very cheaply made they work and they have the moonlight which is one of the reasons I got it.

BUT the moonlights arent that great so you may as well go with one without. i have a current nova extreme pro fixture and have nothing bad at all to say about them, other than no moonlights LOL

The odyssea fixtures that burn up supposedly are the metal halides, those i would steer real clear of.
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You get what you pay for. Current is good and has completely switched over to T5 at this point. Check out some of the fixtures at marine depot Aquarium Fluorescent Lighting and Lamp Accessories
Current still makes halides as well as combination units. Though their T5 fixtures are second to none.
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I thought they had stopped manufaturing them and any that were still around were leftovers in warehouses that had just not been sold yet.
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