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Old 01-19-2013, 07:58 PM   #211
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Sanchez, what makes T5 lighting so effective is the individual reflectors per bulb. That fixture you posted is greatly hindered by the fact that it's not individually reflected. It says they are individually contoured reflectors, but the picture doesn't look like it. If they are contoured, they aren't contoured much. I have heard a million horror stores about the Odyssea brand. I haven't had any first hand experience however.

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I have heard good and the bad about it. Does anyone else have any input concerning this?
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:26 PM   #212
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Mr. X,

I have heard good and the bad about it. Does anyone else have any input concerning this?
It's the cheapest T5s you can get. It comes with lousy bulbs, a subpar ballast, the lights are too close together (lots of re-strike) and the reflector is basically a piece of plastic with mylar that's bent a little.

Now, they will grow corals but not much better than an average T5NO fixture. I do own one (in my closet). They are perfectly usable for soft corals and many LPSs, or on a shallow tank but I'd look elsewhere for something to keep demanding corals. The horror stories are usually old and mostly about their first gen MH ballasts.
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Old 01-20-2013, 05:02 PM   #213
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Interesting, is there anymore feedback from anyone else?
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I'd skip the them and get a unit with better reflectors.
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:18 PM   #215
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I'd skip the them and get a unit with better reflectors.
Any suggestions?
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:25 PM   #216
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I tend to lean towards hydroponics websites for T5 fixtures. Not as stylish, but quite effective. I have a Hydrofarm 8 x 54 watt HO fixture right now that puts out 40,000 lumens. very nice reflectors on these. Just be aware of the overall dimensions, because they tend to have larger reflectors than aquatic units.
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:30 PM   #217
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I just wanted something for my 55g Reef tank.
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What did you want to keep in your tank?
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What do you think of this?
48'' Aquarium Light 6X 54 324 Watt T5 HO Light Built in Timer Lunar Moon New | eBay
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:53 PM   #220
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Looks inticing but for the last couple of days I've been considering complete LED hoods. Any thoughts? I think I'd like one because of the long life one gets out of them.
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