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Old 07-16-2013, 02:20 AM   #1
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Smile Beginner...upgrading lighting

I was wondering how this light would be...

T5 Dual 24" 6500K Aquarium Light Strip Freshwater Plant Discus 48W Odyssea 20g | eBay

Right now I have a single 15w t5. Wanting to have a low light planted aquarium...and as cheap as possible but still getting quality stuff.

Thanks for the help. I am a n00b
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:37 AM   #2
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I was wondering how this light would be...

T5 Dual 24" 6500K Aquarium Light Strip Freshwater Plant Discus 48W Odyssea 20g | eBay

Right now I have a single 15w t5. Wanting to have a low light planted aquarium...and as cheap as possible but still getting quality stuff.

Thanks for the help. I am a n00b
That would probably get you in the medium light range. You may have to dose some ferts with it, but it wouldn't be too expensive.
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That would probably get you in the medium light range. You may have to dose some ferts with it, but it wouldn't be too expensive.
Ok thanks.

would i be better off with a single?
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i never like the filmsy legs on the ends of the fixture and i have heard bad reports on their fixtures. but for that price, you can always take the risk
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i never like the filmsy legs on the ends of the fixture and i have heard bad reports on their fixtures. but for that price, you can always take the risk
thanks. any recommendations?
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thanks. any recommendations?
recommendations on brands or recommendations on how to circumvent the filmsy legs?
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recommendations on brands or recommendations on how to circumvent the filmsy legs?
Well I guess both, but i was thinking more brands.

I am just trying to estimate cost of switching to more wattage. but staying between 20-30w to maintain lowlight. mainly upgrading for plants...
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Well I guess both, but i was thinking more brands.

I am just trying to estimate cost of switching to more wattage. but staying between 20-30w to maintain lowlight. mainly upgrading for plants...

1: say you want this fixture, the easiest way around the filmsy legs is to buy the versa top to shield the fixture from falling into the water should those legs give away

2: quality brands include AquaticLife, Coralife, Finnex, ZooMed and some others. obviously they're going to be more expensive than the ones you've posted. but they do have better quality in the materials that these fixtures are made of as well as the reflectors behind the bulbs, an important factor for plant growth
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speaking of which, you should look the thread i started this past weekend about a non-name brand fixture that i got and the problem i'm having with it. this is NOT a generalizaion on this particular brand but it's my ONE and the ONLY experience with non-name brand fixture. talking about 1 out of 1 for bad fixture.

fishneedit.com QuadT5HO light review...Disappointment!!!!!
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speaking of which, you should look the thread i started this past weekend about a non-name brand fixture that i got and the problem i'm having with it. this is NOT a generalizaion on this particular brand but it's my ONE and the ONLY experience with non-name brand fixture. talking about 1 out of 1 for bad fixture.

fishneedit.com QuadT5HO light review...Disappointment!!!!!
ok thanks. is this one good?

http://bit.ly/14WMVcN

and if i have the standard aqueon top will this one fit over it? or would I have to take it off?

thanks..
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