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Old 09-20-2011, 11:50 PM   #1401
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T5 HO Grow Light 48" 4 Ft 6 Lamp 6500K Bulbs Hydroponic | eBay


can i grow any coral i wanted to with this light? change out the bulbs for ati's but would it work?
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:54 PM   #1402
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48" T5 HO Aquarium Light Hood Marine Reef 432W 8 Lamps | eBay

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Old 09-21-2011, 06:57 AM   #1403
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I personally wouldn't. According to the picture it does not have individual reflectors! Without the reflectors you are losing a lot of light whig makes eve the best bulb useless.
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:04 AM   #1404
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Both lights have paired reflectors.
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:46 AM   #1405
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i think someone just bought some of those recently, wish I could remember the thread.....I think mr x looked at them at I believe he gave a partial thumbs up. You would have to for sure change the bulbs and there is no glass between the bulbs and the water surface just so you know. They would have to be hung a decent distance from the water unless you run with a closed top.
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:49 AM   #1406
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I've actually got one of those Chinese light fixtures over my cichlid tank. The ones I've got are by a brand called Odyssea. The bulbs were kinda crappy, so I went ahead and replaced two of them (it's a 4 light fixture).

I've had it for about a month, and so far, no complaints. I've got no idea how good they'd be for corals though. The bulbs aren't being used to grow anything in my cichlid tank...

One thing to take into consideration though: if you've got an issue with the fixture down the road, there's no guarantee that the company will still be around, and I've got no idea how well they'd honor a warrantee.
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:52 AM   #1407
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Actually odyssea has come along way. I had one fixture as well, a quad t5 setup and never had an issue with them they grew my corals just fine in my 29g. They've been around a couple years.

The fixtures he's thinking of are the hydroponic ones correct?
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Yes hydroponic. I think we read the same thing carey. I've been looking at odysea too.
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I was thinking maybe getting the 8 bulb and put it 8" above the top. Too far? Lighting is one of those things that I'm REALY lost on.
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The odyssea's arent as bad as people say, at least in my ecxperience with them. They weren't individually reflected bulbs but I was still able to keep almost any coral and a nem at the time. You just have to be careful of coral placement. I also only had a 29g tank so I got decent coverage.

I'm not so sure about the metal halides they make though. they used to catch on fire from reports but that was a while ago and people say it's fixed now. A few people on here have bought them (mh) and had mixed results form what I've read. some have had bad ballasts from the start others not too thrilled with the quality.

If I needed a cheap fixture I would consider them, in my opinion anyways.

Is this for this tank, the 75g or the 40g? If for the 75g I probably would pass as their 4 bulbs wont get you the coverage you need.

Can you hang fixtures or do you run covered top? Cause the hydroponic fixtures would probably be a better bet, even though you'd need new bulbs most likely. I am/was/still considering them for my 90g build. I was gonna just sit them on the glass covers i will be using. BUT 6-8 bulbs would be way overkill for my FOWLR so i'm still undecided.
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