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Old 03-22-2005, 08:32 PM   #1
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anybody have an opinion on these lights?

Hello all,
I am putting together a new 40 Gal SW tank, and I have decided on 36" power compact 2x96 lights (dual daylight + dual actinic) w/ moonlights, and have kind of narrowed it down to three brands: Orbit, Satellite, or Coralife lunar aqualights.
Any experience/ opinions?
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Old 03-22-2005, 11:34 PM   #2
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coralife is great. I have the aqualight lunar and am very happy with the quality.
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Old 03-23-2005, 11:38 AM   #3
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Coralife. I hear lots of warranty claims and weird quirkiness with orbits and stellites.

I'd price it at www.hellolights.com - I think they're in california so shipping might be cheaper, adn they have wicked low prices.
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Old 03-23-2005, 05:33 PM   #4
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Yeah, thanks for the tip ... Hellolights does have a great price. the big difference I notice between the two brands is that Coralife comes with single 10000k and actinic
bulbs, whereas orbit comes with dual day 10000 + 6700 K and dual actinic 460/420 bulbs...
What effect does this difference have on the health of your tank? I will have corals and inverts in this tank. I assume that the bulbs on the coralife unit can be changed to dual spectrum bulbs. Am I right?
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yeah the coralife bulbs are standard straight pin tubes for all fixtures except the 96watters, which are only square pin.

Not sure why you'd need dual actinic spectrum though. I'm still a reef novice.
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