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Old 04-01-2011, 09:43 PM   #1
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light fixture recommendations?

i have a 60 gallon long tank and i currently have 130watts on it compact fluorescent...i want to upgrade the lights to ba able to have more of the hard corals..any recommendations? maybe something that doesnt run so hot and over heat my tank?
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is this any good? i dont know much about lighting but the price seems really cheap which makes me wonder

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Old 04-02-2011, 06:18 PM   #4
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does any one have any recommendations?
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Old 04-02-2011, 06:45 PM   #5
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How long is the tank? I'm assuming 4ft since that's how long the fixture you linked is. I would look into T5HO fixtures, fishneedit.com, Sunlight Supply Tek, and Current USA.

For hard corals look in the 4-8 bulb range, probably more 6-8
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Yea its a 4 ft long..i been seeing there is VHO, metal halide, T5...etc. Is there any benefits over one another? And differences?
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Metal Halides are hot and expensive, also energy suckers, but very powerful. It seems like they are on a downturn in the aquarium community to me. My LFS was saying everyones trying to sell their halides and switching to T5s

VHO=Very high output if I'm not mistaken, not sure what the difference is between those and T5HOs, I think melosu has VHOs

With individual reflectors a good T5HO fixture with the right amount of bulbs are much more efficient and no where near as hot as halides.

IMHO T5HO is the best way to go, the suggestions I gave above are what you'll want to look at
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IMHO T5HO is the best way to go, the suggestions I gave above are what you'll want to look at
T5HO would be my suggestion also.
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Old 04-03-2011, 01:32 PM   #9
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Ok thanks that makes sense....so with the LED light fixtures does wattage per gallon not play a anymore ? I hardly see any led fixtures with wattage any where near all these other fixtures but they say their for reef
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You've got it right, since LEDs are such low-wattage but very powerful (Depending on which type of LEDs) it doesn't play a part. But then again the old wpg rule isn't very useful anymore.
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