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Old 09-14-2012, 08:31 PM   #1
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Buying A Reef Capable Light Fixture

I've been looking for a light fixture for awhile now and wanted some suggestions. I'm afraid of buying online because the bulbs may come in damaged. I've never bought from eBay but am considering to buy this fixture since it's on sale. Please leave me some advice thanks!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/48-Aquarium-...#ht_1689wt_689
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:06 PM   #2
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What size tank and depth what type of corals have you considered led
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What size tank and depth what type of corals have you considered led
55 gal. 20 inches deep. I mainly want softies, Lps, and an anemone.
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:45 PM   #4
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I have a 180 I'm using Tao tronics around $150 a piece you would need two for 48". You can check them out on my forum 180 reef more than enough for lps I've got some pics of candy cane and a pectinia. Corals that don't require high levels you can keep toward the bottom deffinetly recommend led the bulbs on the T 5 HO will require changing every year and you may have to run a chiller to compensate the heat produced. The led are vented well and do not produce heat. No temp fluctuations in tank
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I'm thinking of buying some directly from china, I've found a supplier who will do $79 for nondimmable taotronics, 99$ for dimmable , or $129 for a new style with a programmable timer . I'm thinking of ordering 3 of the $129 ones.
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If there 16"x8 1/2" you should only need two to cover a 48" long tank imo just trying to save you some $ great deal. By the way make sure they get the correct plugs I ordered a titanium heater once direct from China it came with a plug for Europe
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I'm thinking of buying some directly from china, I've found a supplier who will do $79 for nondimmable taotronics, 99$ for dimmable , or $129 for a new style with a programmable timer . I'm thinking of ordering 3 of the $129 ones.
Wow, can you share that deal? That is an amazing price!
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I recommend fish needitfixtures. I won't be purchasing any other brands for a while.
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I recommend fish needitfixtures. I won't be purchasing any other brands for a while.
Definitely. Jake, if you're looking for a low price T5 light option for your 55 then I second Rino's recommendation. The FishNeedIt site has fixtures that are proven to grow loads of corals and won't ruin your budget. You won't hear many complaints from the people who use them. A lot of people who buy one from them don't even bother looking around for another brand when the need a light for their next tank.

LEDs are getting cheaper and better, but if you want T5s, which I like, then check out the FishNeedIt site. Good quality and great prices.
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Definitely. Jake, if you're looking for a low price T5 light option for your 55 then I second Rino's recommendation. The FishNeedIt site has fixtures that are proven to grow loads of corals and won't ruin your budget. You won't hear many complaints from the people who use them. A lot of people who buy one from them don't even bother looking around for another brand when the need a light for their next tank.

LEDs are getting cheaper and better, but if you want T5s, which I like, then check out the FishNeedIt site. Good quality and great prices.
Guys i have personally told him this about 5 times. Lol every time he says "dude those things are sooooo expensive". Haha they are really cheap for a t5 fixture and will grow almost anything.... (few exceptions). JAKE I HOPE YOU READ THIS... I WAS RIGHT! Lol
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