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Old 03-23-2011, 04:13 PM   #1
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Ok. In my continuing search for a possible new lighting fixture for my standard 55. I came across multiple references for fishneedit.com. Well I went to their site and they seem to have decent prices and such on their t5 ho lighting. I'm sure people have purchased these lights and was wondering if people could give personal reviews and pictures of these on their tanks. I'm looking at the 48" 4 bulb unit right now or the 2 bulb. Thanks
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:18 PM   #2
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I think rookie just ordered some for his tank. I'm sure he'll find this and post some pictures.
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:16 PM   #3
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Just my two cents but, are you sure you want to go HO? I have a 55 chiclid tank and I use an HE, plenty of light and a whole lot cheaper. If you have your heart set go for it and forget I said anything...lol
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I have 3 fishneedit fixtures. Here are some pictures:

36" 2x39w on my 40 breeder-

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2x 24" 4x24w on my 125g (hanging)-





The fixtures are nice IMO. They're not top quality, but they're not junk. I've read dozens of reviews that say these fixtures are definitely much higher quality than other similarly priced units. They don't have fans, which would be nice, but mine never get ridiculously hot either. My 4 bulb fixtures do get considerably warmer than my 2 bulb fixture, but it's not ridiculous by any means. They have semi individual reflectors. This is important. From what I've read, a lot of the cheaper fixtures have a single reflector. These aren't individual, but they are molded around the bulbs in once piece, which reflects each bulb individually (make sense? think about those little freezer packs that are designed to fit around pop cans). They have nice long cords and the cord coming out of the ballast is long enough to mount the ballast to the wall or your stand and still have room to work with a power strip or timer.

I actually called the guy who runs the shop and asked him about exchanging my 2x39w for a 4x39w before it had shipped. He said they were out of stock right now, but I had a year to exchange it, all I had to do was pay shipping to return mine and cover the difference in cost if I wanted to exchange it when they were in stock. Now that I've thought about it, I'm not going to, but it's good to know they'll do that. I might, however, send back my two 24" fixtures and get two 4x39w fixtures for my 125... I guess we'll have to see.

Anyhoo, IMHO, they're a really good deal. They ship fast (i ordered my last order on a sunday, had them on a thursday), are cheap, and have pretty good customer service. Let me know if you want any other pictures and I'll try to take some for ya.
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:00 PM   #5
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Just my two cents but, are you sure you want to go HO? I have a 55 chiclid tank and I use an HE, plenty of light and a whole lot cheaper. If you have your heart set go for it and forget I said anything...lol
I'm intending on doing a planted tank eventually so I'm planning ahead and really like the look these fixtures have an the price seems reasonable. But thanks for the heads up I may look at that option on my other tanks.
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:06 PM   #6
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Rookie. Thanks a lot for the pictures. I like the look and stance of the light fixtures. Now I have to decide whether or not I go with the 48" 4 bulb fixture which is out of stock, or the 2 bulb fixture that's in stock. Or two 24" fixtures.
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I would do a 48" fixture. I really think a 2x54w would be sufficient for a 55g tank. That would put you at 2wpg of T5HO which would pretty much allow about any plants you want.
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Rookie, I didn't see it anywhere but I think there's only one cord for these fixtures, so there's no way to control a two bulb set up is there? Or am I mistaken here, so if I wanted a day/night setup is that possible?
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One ballast for the 2 bulb fixtures, 2 ballasts for the 4 bulb fixtures. You can see a picture of my ballast in the photo below. There's no moonlights on their fixtures, so there's not a day/night option.




It has an on/off switch, but mine stays 'on' and the timer controlls it.
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Ok, didn't think there was moonlights. I misspoke what I meant was something where I can turn a certain set of bulbs on before the main bright displays turn on?
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