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Old 09-08-2011, 08:44 PM   #31
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Came this close to ordering one of the 48" they have. Man, if only they had 36". I am so tempted to order the 48 and just let it hang over the end of my tank 6" on either side. LOL
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:42 PM   #32
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It's an odyssea fixture?
The bulbs are but only because those are the cheapest ones around
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:55 PM   #33
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Hmm I'm still interested just wan tosme more opinions before I go ahead and buy one. lol

Mr X posted the photos but didn't give an opinion either way. I woudl love to see what he thought of the lighting.
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i don't know about the fixture. the casing looks the same as the hydroponics fixtures i've used, but hydroponics fixtures focus on intensity and have the bulbs spread out with large reflectors.
since it comes with 6500k lamps however, i would assume it's for plants.
meanwhile, i would slowly acclimate your tank to this new fixture. you can kill your corals by blasting them with a lot more light than they are used to.
i would suggest the screen method- take a roll of window screen and put it in a few layers on top of the tank between the fixture and the water, and remove one every few days until they are gone.
if your corals start to fail it will be a week or two after the new lighting...it's not immediate.
i would love to use a PAR meter under this fixture, since folks say individual reflectors are the key to the intensity of T5s.
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Old 09-09-2011, 08:50 AM   #35
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The same seller also sells "marine" setups with different bulbs, ie: 10k and actinics. I'm very tempted the price is so cheap. lol I'm guessing even the 6 fixture would be overkill for my 90g though eh? lol
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The same seller also sells "marine" setups with different bulbs, ie: 10k and actinics. I'm very tempted the price is so cheap. lol I'm guessing even the 6 fixture would be overkill for my 90g though eh? lol
Don't know, but each 2 set of bulbs is on a seperate ballast and switch so you can turn some off.

Mine is the marine setup, aparrantly they just ship the bulbs from a different location so if you order the marine setup you get double bulbs? or if you order the plant setup you get 1 set.
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Hmm nice to know. Not that I'll need any plant growing bulbs lol. But keep us updated on how they work out. I'm in the market for some lights for my 90g and this seems like a great deal if they hold up.
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all of the fixtures are for plants. they just say "marine" and send you out some cheapo bulbs. no matter. i used hydroponics fixtures on my last tank. they worked perfectly. mine had complete individual reflectors though, but the PAR was killer!
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What is PAR????
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photosynthetically active radiation. it's the light that photosynthetic creatures utilize. not all light is photosynthetically active. you can have a very bright light with very little PAR, and it's no good for plants/corals.
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