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Old 07-23-2009, 08:06 PM   #11
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Agreed. Standard 55 is 48x13, 50 gallon (like we have) is 36x18.

I would not recommend the Hagen fixture. I used to have one. The one I had didn't have a power switch (not really a big deal I guess, just put it on a timer), and more importantly the reflector is crap. It's one reflector for both bulbs. The Current Nova Extreme Pro that we have on the 50 is a much higher quality fixture. It also has one reflector, but at least the reflector is bent over every bulb so every bulb has its own, if that makes sense.

I don't think a 2 bulb fixture will give you very many choices for corals. A 4 or 6 bulb fixture would be much better IMO. It's more money up front, but it would suck for you to start the tank and realize you are disappointed with the selection of corals you can keep, and then have to spend a bunch more money.

One of these would work nicely:
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Alrighty. Thanks for the help guys. So in my situation, since i have a fairly large or "long" tank, my choices are hardly going to be below 200$ right? Seems that way :/ But actually, i like that fixture you linked me to sm. It looks pretty good. Ill have to see what the funds permit me to purchase, but as of right now, that fixture you linked me to is what im aiming for.
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We got our light fixture used from a reef club member. I would highly recommend joining a club if you have one in your area. It's a great way to get used equipment, frags and fish, and of course, information! We have learned a ton since joining a club.
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I have to agree with the others. If it`s a 55 then it`s 4 ft long. I had one for 7 yrs so I know. I agree with soft and some LPS corals. I was thinking maybe you had a 29. That 4 bulb T5HO would be a great addition if you could get it.
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Old 07-23-2009, 08:36 PM   #15
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Yeah i would and all, but i dont think theres one in nj. I did some looking on google and found some bogus sites. Idk though, ill keep looking. thanks though!


Also yeah, im currently saving up my money for that light fixture actually. I think it would be good in the long run. Ill be able to have most corals that i may want, and i guess it provides adequate lighting for them as well. Plus, this fixture looks pretty nice lol. I like the cooling fan it has too.
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I have been owned in the face.

Na i saw that one, thereeftank.com, and reefcentral.com as well. Idk, they all seemed wierd to me. But hey, i dont really know lol.
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I'm pretty sure the one above is the host for MACNA this year. They're legit.
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Cool. I'll have to register and take a look at their site sometime.
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I'm pretty sure the one above is the host for MACNA this year. They're legit.
Absolutely legit. Phyl, who is a mod here, is highly involved with both the NJRC and MACNA.
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