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Old 03-26-2011, 12:40 AM   #11
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ya, it should be fine. if not , try to raise it a few inches to spread the light more to the ends
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Old 03-26-2011, 11:59 PM   #12
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Thanks, guys.

Doing research on lights. Based on quality, durability and functionality. A fixture that's a more than enough for freshwater and maybe good for saltwater, too, because I might have a reef set up in the future, but just freshwater for now.

Also, please let me know if I'm missing any good brands/fixture models.

I really like the 24 hour fixture from Marineland and I think is good for both, salt and fresh.


Coralife - 48" Lunar Aqualight Compact Fluorescent Fixture - $290

Curent USA Nova - 48" TrueLumen Pro LED Strip Light, Marine Fusion 12K White/453nm Actinic - $200
Current USA Nova - 48" Nova Extreme T5HO w/4 Lunar Lights - $250

Marineland - 48" Sophisticated 24-Hour Lighting System - $750
Marineland - T5 48" Deluxe Strip Light Fixture 48" 216 Watts - $250

AquaticLife - Light 48" Compact Fluorescent 4 Lamp 4 Lunar - $400
AquaticLife - Light 48" TH HO 4 Lamp 4 Lunar - $380
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Old 03-27-2011, 12:25 AM   #13
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Ya then you might want 200-300 watts
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Old 03-28-2011, 04:52 PM   #14
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Which of the lights I listed above you recommend?
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Old 03-30-2011, 02:11 AM   #15
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wow, then you should splurge, if you are goin' to get a reef that would be a nice unit...its really hard to pick, i wouldnt want to steer you away from one you like. 200watts on a 55-75g can grow most plants, but if you want nice corals and hard corals and stuff you will want more...i will look into all of them a little better...
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have you thought about a canopy, then you could retro-fit t5's or v.h.o. with top quality ballasts under the canopy and will be great for a reef
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:45 AM   #17
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Thanks.

I will get a reef eventually, but in 2 years or more, so I don't think I should worry about that now. With the Coralife fixture I will we at 2.2 Watts per gallon, which is enough to grow Vallisnerias as I will stock the tank with africans. I think the price is not that bad, their company is reputable, and 4x65W CF plus the moonlights should do it. When it's time to set up the reef I will see what I get then. My long term plans are: an African tank that I'm setting up now, an Amazonic tank, a reef, and a native tank with fish from Uruguay, but this is are my future plans, only africans for now...
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sounds like a plan, i keep species and regional tanks(realistic aquariums)that you would find in the same area or waters. i like what you are doing!
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Thanks!! At first I wanted a community aquarium, but that's not the best thing to do if you like Africans and Amazonian, so it's a good excuse to get more tanks! lol
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