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Old 07-28-2009, 06:21 AM   #11
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Yes the oddysea lights are shorter than regular t5ho. that way you do have to buy bulbs specifically from the manufacturer. The light works great until I have to change bulbs.
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PC are not appropriate for corals. It would be better to go with T5HO or MH
I definitely agree with the second part that you would be better off with those lights but IMO PC`s can be used for moderate lighting lioke for soft and LPS corals esp. in smaller tanks that dont need higher intensity.
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Old 07-28-2009, 02:55 PM   #13
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i would try these theyre good
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Old 07-28-2009, 03:03 PM   #14
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I definitely agree with the second part that you would be better off with those lights but IMO PC`s can be used for moderate lighting lioke for soft and LPS corals esp. in smaller tanks that dont need higher intensity.
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Oh no I`m not an expert and that`s just my opinion. I`m not a lighting expert on any grounds. I really agree that if it was me I would rather have the ones you mentioned. I was not saying you were wrong.
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I didn't see Odyssea mentioned in the ebay t5ho link? I must have missed it. I don't know what their fixtures look like to tell from pics.

I would go with something other than Odyssea if you can. I haven't heard anything good about that brand.

Catalinaaquarium.com has some good quality fixtures IMO. They have a 4x54w T5HO for $189.99 plus shipping. Only thing with them is you have to buy the splash guard and legs separately. When you add it up, it will probably cost as much as a Nova Extreme fixture though.
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Haha, its funny. I was looking at the page on catalinaaquarium and wash thinking, if it doesnt come with the splashgaurd and the legs lol, then i would just have to buy them seperatly and then it would have wound up costing more or the same as the Nova Extreme fixture for 225$ at a different site. I forgot what site it was but SM linked me to it in one of my other threads. It was a pretty good price for the fixture imo.
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We used 130W PC lighting over the 20 gallon and it was enough light to grow some of the easier SPS. Birdsnest and encrusting montipora did just fine. That said, I don't think PC is the best choice for a 55 gallon. I'd go with HO T5 for sure, and I'd stay away from anything Odyssea. As was mentioned, you get what you pay for, and I've rarely seen anything positive said about those fixtures. We now have a 6x 39W Nova Extreme Pro and love it, but you don't have to go for that model. The Nova Extreme is cheaper and would work just as well. With 4 bulbs, you won't be in a position to keep SPS, clams, or anemones, but softies and LPS should do fine.

Just a thought; if you're itching to get started you can always start with a FOWLR and upgrage your lighting later, as long as you choose reef-compatible animals. You can use whatever lighting you already have in the meantime while you're saving your money.

*edit* It was www.marineandreef.com . Excellent prices and they'll ship the fixture for free if you spend $150. I've never ordered from there, but thought about it before we found our fixture used.
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So wait, if i get the 4 bulb fixture.. even then i wont be able to support anemones.. ??
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Doubtful IMO.
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