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Old 01-27-2012, 11:32 PM   #1
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Fishneedit Lights

Currently I have the standard 55g with the brace in the middle. I have the hood with lights that came with the tank. The two 24" hood with lights. 1 15w bulb in each hood.

I am considering switching to fishneedit lights since I heard some great things about it.

Since my budget is low, roughly 100 is in my budget. I heard that fishneedit was better than current nova extreme (2x54w) but the light fixture from fishneedit is 5 inches in width. If I take out the light strips from my hood, it only allows 4.25 inches in width.

So I am thinking would I need to switch to a versa-top. I found them for very cheap on drs. foster & smith or should I keep the regular ones that I have already?

Also, since I am getting the lights for plants, I should get 1 white and 1 pink bulb right?
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Or I could keep the current hood and go with the current nova extreme since they are 4.25w. I am not sure how the reflectors work, so I would love as much information prior to purchasing a $100 light fixture
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Or I could keep the current hood and go with the current nova extreme since they are 4.25w. I am not sure how the reflectors work, so I would love as much information prior to purchasing a $100 light fixture
Aquatraders.com has a 4 bulb fixture for $100
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I'm just not sure if I need 4 bulbs for a 55g. Wouldn't that be too much and cause algae?

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If I were to get a 3-4bulb how would I put it on? Would I definitely need to switch to versa-tops?
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You don't use a hood with T5HO fixtures like that. In fact, no top at all is preferable IMO
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You don't use a hood with T5HO fixtures like that. In fact, no top at all is preferable IMO
Wouldn't the water just evaporate? And wouldn't fishes jump out? I am going for a cichlid tank.

I was reading over some posts and notices you had a fishneedit light. Would you prefer it over an odyessa?

There was a 3 light bulb with timer and LED on aquatrade.com for less than the 2 bulb fishneedit.

I just really want something that won't give me aglae and shows color of the cichlids.
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Wouldn't the water just evaporate? And wouldn't fishes jump out? I am going for a cichlid tank.

I was reading over some posts and notices you had a fishneedit light. Would you prefer it over an odyessa?

There was a 3 light bulb with timer and LED on aquatrade.com for less than the 2 bulb fishneedit.

I just really want something that won't give me aglae and shows color of the cichlids.
Oh I wasn't sure whether this was SW or FW
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Oh I wasn't sure whether this was SW or FW
It is for fw malawi cichlid tank
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It is for fw malawi cichlid tank
Id go for the 3 bulb in that case. Fishneedit fixtures have better reflectors but no timer or LEDs and the Oddysea fixture's 3rd bulb can make up for what it's reflectors lack.
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Id go for the 3 bulb in that case. Fishneedit fixtures have better reflectors but no timer or LEDs and the Oddysea fixture's 3rd bulb can make up for what it's reflectors lack.
Is that how it works? Also I was told a pink bulb is good but odyessa doesn't provide pink bulbs. Only 1 blue and two fluorescent. Would that be good for some hard plants?
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