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Old 08-16-2011, 02:16 AM   #1
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should I do a 4 foot light or 2 two foot lights?

Just wondering what everyone's thoughts on which would be better. My 55 has a plastic bar in the middle of the top of the tank, I'm debating whether I should just get 1 four foot two bulb light or 2 seperate two foot lights on fishneedit. The only difference in the lights is the 4 foot fixture has 54 watt bulbs and the two footer has 24 watt bulbs.

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Old 08-16-2011, 03:55 AM   #2
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Well, I,ve dealt with lots of lights and you can choose from like six different kinds. What i would do would be get one that will help live plants and another for fish colour. I have a female guppy who likes beuitiful under that lighting and one of my orange platies looks a beuitiful bright red
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Old 08-16-2011, 05:38 AM   #3
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I'd get the 4ft fixture just because it's usually cheaper to get 1 fixture than it is to get 2 and you'd end up with the same general result.
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Old 08-16-2011, 06:02 AM   #4
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There is a reason why the 4ft one has 54w lamps, it's to penetrate the tank all the way to the bottom. It is significantly brighter than 24w lamps. Get the 4ft one. also, the black bar in the middle would not support the 2 fixtures and can crack then you're in trouble.
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:11 AM   #5
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4 footer - easier, brighter, cheaper. Heck on most 55 type tanks i get glass tops, and use a shop light. (with an attractive wood cover if desired).
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Old 08-16-2011, 02:53 PM   #6
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Thanks for the input, I'll probably get the 4 foot light and maybe hide a exocotic LED under the plastic bar so I won't have an awkward shawdow in the middle of my tank. Can't wait to post pictures and have the thing up and running!
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Old 08-16-2011, 04:10 PM   #7
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Your 55 G Lighting Question

Hello ames...

55 Gs are easy to light if you don't keep demanding plants. All you need is a single 48 inch bulb, 32 watt, 6500 K, T8 or a 40 watt 6500 K, T12 and you're "good to go".

Two Marineland glass covers work very well to support the light strip, that's what I use in my 55 Gs. There's plenty of light for low light plants. I have several 55 Gs I use to experiment with plants, substrates, liquid ferts and such. The bulbs work great and are easy to get at the local hardware stores for less than $10.00 each. Attached are a couple of pics of the tanks.

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Old 08-16-2011, 04:20 PM   #8
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Here's what I got in this past Friday:

Odyssea 3 bulb T5 HO with timer and LEDs all built in. $90 shipped.
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Where did you get those? They look awesome!
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Old 08-17-2011, 05:03 PM   #10
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Where did you get those? They look awesome!
Which? I got my light from a seller on eBay:

48" Aquarium T5 HO Light 162W LED Reef Fish w/ TIMER CE | eBay

"tonsofgoodies" is the seller
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