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Old 07-16-2011, 02:09 PM   #1
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New Lights

I caved and decided to spend about $250 on good reef lights, can someone possibly suggest some lights or name brands that I should look for?

I have a 30 inch long tank - Thank you!
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Old 07-16-2011, 02:27 PM   #2
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With that budget youre kinda in between fixtures. lol But heres two that might do it.

Current USA 30" Sundial T-5 Fixture 4x24W + LED - AquaCave

30in 4Bulbs fixtures
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the second one doesn't have SLRs i would go with the sundial

or for a super low price and just buy ATI lamps and hang the fixture over the tank

http://cgi.ebay.ca/24-2Ft-4-TUBE-T5-...item56451f0085
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Old 07-16-2011, 03:06 PM   #4
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I have been looking for those individual reflectors since people say it makes a big difference.

What does ATI Stand for?

I was looking at the lights at my LFS they were also for growing plants so I was a little skeptical. Theres nothing wrong with these lights then? (I couldnt find any reviews for aquariums about the LFS one) - they were I believe Quantum Badboy lights. They were kinda cheap too any advice on those?

I cannot get the ones you listed simply because they are too wide for my tank
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I wanted to give the OP the cheap adequate option vs. a higher end product.
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Old 07-16-2011, 03:18 PM   #6
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Is there a middle range product

24-36" Length about 5-10" width with 4+ bulbs :] (timer and multiple power cords with individual reflectors included.)

Carey hi , what kind of lights do you use?
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I'm running the nova extreme pro 12 bulb fixturen on my 125g. I have a used fixture on my 55g that is hi end, don't know the brand though.

Unfortunatley, for a 30" fixture you're kinda limited. I had the same issue with my 29g when I had it. I ended up getting the odyssea cheapo lights for it. 4 bulb fixture but no timers, no individual reflectors.

ATI is the company that makes the better bulbs which I would vote for no matter what fixture you end up with.
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quantum badboy fixtures are ok, but you'll have to change the bulbs. BTW, the main difference between hydroponics fixtures and reef fixtures are dimensions. the plant fixtures have much larger reflectors and the lamps are separated further apart.
also look at "TEK" fixtures by sunlight supply.
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Carey if you don't mind me asking,how much did you spend on the 125 hood? The nova extreme
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Carey if you don't mind me asking,how much did you spend on the 125 hood? The nova extreme
I got it used for 300.
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