Before I got this fixture I hung my 36" NEP (6x39w) over the tank as a temp solution and I got nowhere NEAR the same light (granted it was 39w bulbs and not 54's in the 48" fixture so not a completely fair comparison). I had a 33g cube set for a while with a 250mh pendant (talk overkill) and that was my first experience with MH
. I personally preferred the brightness of the MH
bulbs to when I had the T5's on my old 40 breeder.
I would love to try a 48" NEP fixture over this tank to compare the two but I don't have one to play with locally. This fixture is probably overkill as I'm not a real fan of most SPS
anymore but it's only been set up for a few weeks so it's too early to tell.