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Old 12-24-2011, 08:16 PM   #1
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So, it is nearing Christmas and on my wishlist are new lights that may give my tank a new feel. What I currently have are two 24' aqueon light strips. Each strip contains 1 bulb with 15w, and I heard a rule of at least 1w per gallon or better yet 2w per gallon. I intend to add a lot more plants after getting better lights since most of the plants I kept died because of poor lighting.

So it is a FW tank and I am looking for a 48' T5HO light fixture.
Current USA Nova Extreme T5HO X2 - Freshwater Aquarium T-5 HO Light Fixtures

Would anyone recommend this or have any suggestions for other lights?
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Also considering a solarmaxhe2 double t5 with LED lights. A lot cheaper but half the watts.
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Anyone? Really want new lights ordered ASAP.
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Also considering a solarmaxhe2 double t5 with LED lights. A lot cheaper but half the watts.
I didn't like the Solarmax because the LED's stay on all the time. No way to shut them off. I went with the Solarmax Xtreme but than again I went a little extreme. Didn't need it but it's a killer light and you power everything with a flick of a switch. I like to give my fish a period of total darkness the Solarmax your looking at the only way to do that is unplug it. The Solarmax Xtreme had a digital timer built in for every light pattern. It was also 200 bucks then the light hour looking at. And I added the blue lights to it instead of those pink one.



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Would solarmax be better than the T5HO that I was initially looking at?

Although the LED lights look amazing, I think I may prefer the complete dark similar to the natural habitat.
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Someone suggested an Odyessa hood. The price is definitely by far cheaper but I heard few incidents regarding over heating.

Anyone would recommend the best of the three?
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I got an Odyssea hood and have had no problems.
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Same here. Infact I've got the Metal halide ones and they heat up but it's not something you wouldn't expect
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I was looking into the 2x54w lights, since I don't think I would need an intense one. I noticed many fixtures are pink for freshwater and blue for saltwater. Is there any reason for that because I kind of wanted the blue one for my fresh water. If I do get the blue one, would it hurt my freshwater?
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I was looking into the 2x54w lights, since I don't think I would need an intense one. I noticed many fixtures are pink for freshwater and blue for saltwater. Is there any reason for that because I kind of wanted the blue one for my fresh water. If I do get the blue one, would it hurt my freshwater?
Nope. The blue is just for aesthetics.
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