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Old 11-28-2011, 10:18 PM   #1
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Ok so I fell in love with these T5 High HO's I got this Auqasun dirt cheap with some store credit. I have a fresh water tank 75 gallon. African Cichlid's.

Is there a better light? Something that will just blow my mind?

I'm addicted to the lighting. I've seen some interesting ones on line.

Your thoughts? Keep what I have? Something out there worth getting?


Saw a Coralife Lunar Aqualight T5 HO that's pretty neat! It has 4 bulbs 2 are the actinic and also have LED moonlights. Worth getting?
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:22 PM   #2
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Oops wrong section. Sorry! See that's how excited I got.
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Old 11-28-2011, 11:13 PM   #3
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I think I'm gonna buy it. The light I bought I got ripped off big time at the LFS. Found the same light online for 54.00!!

Gonna return it and get my money back! They were selling it for 179.99. What a joke.
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i don't think you need a 4 lamp fixture for just a fish tank. those are more geared towards keeping photosynthetic creatures, but it will make the tank look a bit nicer than just a single strip light.
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Old 12-07-2011, 04:45 PM   #5
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i don't think you need a 4 lamp fixture for just a fish tank. those are more geared towards keeping photosynthetic creatures, but it will make the tank look a bit nicer than just a single strip light.
I ended up going with the Solarmax Xtreme 4 bulb. 2 actinic 03 and 2 daylight 10k. Digital timer for all so set it and forget it. Also has 8 moonlight LED's. I tried about 6 different lights. This one I like the most. It has 4 different modes of lighting and I like the fact that the moonlight LED's can turn off. Had a fan which is very quiet and it just looks killer sitting on top of my tank!! I know its overboard but i love it. The 2 lamp Solarmax the LED's stayed on. If you wanted them off you had to unplug the unit.

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That's the 2 blues, 2 daylight and 8 LED's on. I'm happy.
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Your tank looks great even if it is overboard ; )
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Get back to us in a month or two when you've got algae so bad, you're ready to bleach the tank. I don't even put lights on fish only tanks. It does look good, but it's just a waste of money IMHO
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I'd be very worried about your future algae issues, especially in a tank loaded with africans.
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Your tank looks great even if it is overboard ; )
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Get back to us in a month or two when you've got algae so bad, you're ready to bleach the tank. I don't even put lights on fish only tanks. It does look good, but it's just a waste of money IMHO
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I'd be very worried about your future algae issues, especially in a tank loaded with africans.
Oh boy! Another newbie mistake. I guess you live and learn. I was unaware of these issues with lights and nothing when I asked about lighting was ever brought up about algae. Well I guess the only good thing I don't have the lights on often and some days they don't go on at all.

I guess I'll have to cross that bridge when I get to it. Another example of listening to your LFS. One place, a well known warehouse in my area was trying to sell me a 6 bulb fixture. Said it would REALLY make the colors of the fish pop! Said people were buying these lights up like crazy, he was getting a new shipment in later in the week they were going so fast. I was like no thank you as I saw the price.

Well thanks for the heads up fellas. Guess you can get a good laugh at my expensive mistake. No return policy... Just called.

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