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Old 09-15-2005, 11:22 AM   #1
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Question About Basic Lighting for 55g Tank

I was looking for basic lighting for my gf new 55g tank. I was about to order a Coralife T5 fixture when I thought about how I would find replacement bulbs. In the pic, it looks like it contains 2 48inch T-5 bulbs. Bigals doesn't even carry 48" T5s, so where am I suppose to find replacements?

My second consideratino was for the basic 1 bulb All Glass fixture. Cost is about the same, but finding bulbs may be a problem for the T-5.

Which one would you get? This isn't going to be used for live plants.


Coralife F/W T-5 Aqualight Double Strip Light-48"

Our Price: $47.99


http://www.bigalsonline.com/catalog/...d1=1843;pcid2=


All-Glass Single Deluxe Strip Light- 48" (Black)

Our Price: $39.99


http://www.bigalsonline.com/catalog/...d1=1843;pcid2=
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Old 09-15-2005, 02:35 PM   #2
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I prefer All Glass brand, but it's just a matter of opinion. I just bought the triple tube 48 inch All-Glass Strip and absolutely love it.
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Old 09-15-2005, 02:58 PM   #3
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try http:www.hellolights.com for bulbs...good prices...
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I've had nothing but GOOD experiences with All Glass also. But for nearly the same cost, I was trying to figure out if the T-5s would be advantagous.

I'm also factoring in finding replacement bulbs. Usually, when I make an online order, I try to combine a bunch of items to save on shipping. The main places like bigalsonline and drsftostersmith don't carry 48" T-5 bulbs. I did find a couple places that sell 48" T-5s, but shipping was about $20.

Now I'm considering buying two 24" fixtures because the bulbs are readily available. I could find 24" bulbs in the lfs if I had to...


Here are my options:

1. Coralife 48" T-5 fixture and 2 versa-top glass covers = approx. $70

2. All Glass 24" T-8 hood/light fixture combo = approx. $55 (need 2)

3. All Glass 48" T-8 fixture and 2 versa-top glass covers = approx. $70
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Old 09-15-2005, 03:10 PM   #5
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try http:www.hellolights.com for bulbs...good prices...
I just looked and didn't find 48" T-5 bulbs. I didn't even find 48" T-8s, only T-12s.
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sorry--i don't know that much about strip lighting--i was able to get replacement pc bulbs at hellolights and thught they might have what you're looking for
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Old 09-15-2005, 04:21 PM   #7
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I've been through Bigals several times and if I were you, I would get the standard AG double light strip (40w bulbs). They are T-10 or T-12's and very easy to replace with standard fixtures. I think it's running around $78.00 I believe.

Much better than trying to find bulbs that are hard to replace IMO.

BTW, I have this strip light.
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I like option 3. One thing that I have noticed with my 55 gal tank that has the two strips is that you can tell that there is a break in the lighting. When I put on the single 48 in strip, you didn't see the break in light.
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Looks like I'll prob. go with option 3 then. According to drsfostersmith, I guess these AGA fixtures take either T8, T10 or T12...

Anyone ever order a 48" bulb through the mail? How do they ship that???
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Coralife just recently started making these t-5 fixtures, so bigal is probably waiting until people will need to be replacing the bulbs before they buy a bunch of them.
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