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Old 12-11-2010, 10:23 AM   #1
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Which light setup are FOWLR's using?

I currently have a 48" 4 bulb T5HO fixture with moonlight LED's, but the built in timer does not function, so I am returning it to the seller next week. My tank has a Dogface Puffer, and he does not allow corals in his tank (he ate them, well most of them). So I am looking to buy another fixture to replace this one, which do you fellas/ladies recommend? How about a 48", 2 bulb standard T5 with one 10,000K, and one actinic bulb? I've noticed that those are quite cheap, but do they get hot? Is 56W enough on a 55 gallon tank to keep my coraline, halimeda, and things other than coral going?

Who makes the best 2 bulb fixture, Coralife?

Coralife Saltwater Aqualight T5 48 Inch 56 Watt

I could then add a strip of cheap blue LED's for the moonlight effect.

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Old 12-11-2010, 11:02 AM   #2
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The halimeda requires moderate lighting. That fixture might cut it, but barely. It also has a single power cord so you will not be able to do a Dawn/dusk effect. It also has no fan.

Why not add external timers to your current fixture for a few bucks?
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My current fixture only has one power cord, so you can't turn on the different lights independently without the built in timer. I am also thinking about going metal halide as well, that is probably overkill, but I may do a reef someday, and will need more light at that time.

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what about this brand new one?
48" T5 HO Aquarium Light Hood Marine Cichlid 216W New - eBay (item 300503176958 end time Jan-09-11 07:08:27 PST)
it's not UL listed, but it's CE certified, which is europe's UL cert.
i like the external ballast feature. you can change it out for a better one easily, if the need arises.
you could even use an icecap ballast and overdrive the bulbs to 80 watts a piece if you needed more light (this wears out the bulbs a bit earlier however).
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what about this brand new one?
48" T5 HO Aquarium Light Hood Marine Cichlid 216W New - eBay (item 300503176958 end time Jan-09-11 07:08:27 PST)
it's not UL listed, but it's CE certified, which is europe's UL cert.
i like the external ballast feature. you can change it out for a better one easily, if the need arises.
you could even use an icecap ballast and overdrive the bulbs to 80 watts a piece if you needed more light (this wears out the bulbs a bit earlier however).

That's awesome! Why is that one so dramatically cheaper than the ones on Drs F & S?
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because it's made by a little known company, probably in china.
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I ended up buying two 60W LED fixtures, they still have yet to arrive, so who knows if they will be good? I'll let you know. The mail is running slow this time of year, so it could be a while.

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Here is where I bought the LED fixtures from:

60Watt Aquarium LED Panel: AquariumLEDSolutions.com

They arrived yesterday afternoon, they seem to be quite nice. Nicely constructed, and they are CE certified. They use Bridgelux LED chips, which are made in the USA. There are 30 actinic LED's, and 30 10,000K LED's. The fixtures are quite bright, noticeably brighter than the 4 X 54W T5HO fixture I had. Also, they never even seem to get warm, much less hot. I ran them on my tank for several hours yesterday, and my water temp never budged! With the T5HO's running, the temp would usually rise 2-3º over the course of the day. The two units supposedly put out the same amount of PAR as two 150W metal halides. My LFS's frag tank has two 150W metal halide pendants, and they are indeed as bright. Lastly, my tank now has that cool shimmering effect, that T5's never seem to do.

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