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Old 03-11-2012, 11:55 AM   #131
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You can find reasonably priced lighting on the net. Aquatraders carries odyssea brand lighting and they work well and are less sexpensive. I got a fixture with 1 250w halide 4 t5 and 4 led moon lights for 179$ it works great and all my clorals love it. Check them out. Great price and I love mine worth every penny.
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Old 03-11-2012, 12:33 PM   #132
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But their metal halides for a 55g tank are an overkill. If you get a 4 bulb and a 2 bulb t5 fixture you'd be all set for $150.
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Old 03-11-2012, 12:46 PM   #133
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I have the fixture I was talking about before on a 29 gal believe me its not over kill my corals love it! My aussie duncan sprouted 3 extra heads in 2 weeks of getting it and my acan has gone from 2" to 4" in a month. So its not overkill believe me
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Old 03-11-2012, 12:56 PM   #134
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I have the fixture I was talking about before on a 29 gal believe me its not over kill my corals love it! My aussie duncan sprouted 3 extra heads in 2 weeks of getting it and my acan has gone from 2" to 4" in a month. So its not overkill believe me
I had the same fixture as well and sold it. If go with the t5s. Better par and less heat. Costs less too.
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Old 03-11-2012, 01:07 PM   #135
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[QUOTE="jwalsh"...they work well and are less sexpensive.[/QUOTE]


I LMAO at that typo. Anyway, would you happen to have a link to that unit? I was looking at an odyssea unit that had 4 t-5's and 4 LED moonlights for I think around $109. I might be more interested in the one with the MH included.
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Old 03-11-2012, 01:11 PM   #136
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Metal Halide Aquarium Lighting - Metal Halide Fixture available in 18", 24", 30", 36", 48", 60", and 72".
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Old 03-11-2012, 01:34 PM   #137
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That's the link! And yes it was a typo my bad lol but stick with the advance plus models stay away from the expandables even though they are cheaper I have heard many bad things about the bracket system on them. I don't remember what size tank you have but a 30" fixture is $179 a 36" is I think $240 and I think the 48" is $300 still rediculously cheap for the wattage they put out. One small word of advice if you get one. Change the bulbs out right away. The ones that come with it are junk. I replaced the t5 with ati's and the halide with a phenix 14000k
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Old 03-11-2012, 01:37 PM   #138
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You can find reasonably priced lighting on the net. Aquatraders carries odyssea brand lighting and they work well and are less sexpensive. I got a fixture with 1 250w halide 4 t5 and 4 led moon lights for 179$ it works great and all my clorals love it. Check them out. Great price and I love mine worth every penny.
Is this the one? http://www.aquatraders.com/30in-Meta...ht-p/54262.htm

I'd have to get a 48 inch unit and they are $239. http://www.aquatraders.com/Odyssea-4...ht-p/54248.htm

Unless the 30 inch unit would be big enough and have enough light for a 55 gallon.... I have no idea how I'd get it on though. There is a difference in length of 18 inches...

Decisions decisions! I've got plenty of time to think about it!
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Old 03-11-2012, 01:42 PM   #139
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Yeah that's the one I have but I have a 29 gal. I forgot what size you had sorry but even at $239 for a 48" fixture that's cheap because I think it has 2 250w mh and atleast 4 t5s maybe 6 I don't remember. Either way with a mh fixture you can grow whatever you want with out ever having to add on or buy another fixture. I personally am very indecisive as to what I ever want to do with my tank so I made sure I was limiting myself as far as lighting. Just something to think about
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But their metal halides for a 55g tank are an overkill. If you get a 4 bulb and a 2 bulb t5 fixture you'd be all set for $150.
Would both units fit on top of the tank?
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