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Old 11-04-2011, 05:58 PM   #1
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Reef lighting questions

Simple is option 1 worth the extra $100.

Option 1: 48" 6x54W Tek Light Elite T5 High-Output Fixture w/ Bulbs (Graphite)http://www.reefgeek.com/lighting/T5_...unlight_Supply

Option 2: 48" 6x54W Tek Light T5 High-Output Fixture w/ Bulbs (Black)http://www.reefgeek.com/lighting/T5_...unlight_Supply

Also a LFS is upgrading thier lights on the coral showcases and they are selling there old stuff. They appear to be in good shape and the bulbs are only about 3 months old. They are selling 48" Solar Flare 6 Lamp Complete T5 Fixture by Aquactinics* - AquaCave for $400 person working there at the time believes they are about 5-6yrs old. They do need to be cleaned and probably painted.

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Old 11-04-2011, 06:11 PM   #2
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Is the only difference the color?
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Between the 2 tel fixtures the elite has 2 fans and the reflectors are 98% reflective

The other fixture is 95% reflective and no fans.
The color is actually the same
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Hmm just read the details and one is 95% reflective vs. the 98%. Me, personally, I would probably go with the extra $100, but only if I had the money. You can never have too much cooling and the reflectors are a nice touch, though I don't know if there's a discernable difference.
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Ok, so I wanted to dig up a past post because I have still not made a decision. I have weeded out a couple of fixtures though. I want a fixture capable of handling a 75gal mixed reef. 6 bulbs is a must. I also want to stay on the less expensive side and while I would love a ATI fixture it just ain't gonna happen. So I have a line on pre-owned fixture that will be available in the next 2 weeks It is a 7-bulb Aquactinic Constellation for $350. The owner has modded that to hold a few LED moonlights also.
The fixture is at least 4 years old. Here it is: Aquactinics LLC | Marine Aquarium Lighting Specialists

The other two fixtures I am looking at are new first is a 6-bulb TEK Light
With bulbs $415 Here it is: http://www.reefgeek.com/lighting/T5_...unlight_Supply

Lastly is the Coralvue T5/LED combo $369. Here it is: CoralVue 6 Bulb T5/LED Fixture 48" , 10 high power 1 watt LEDs, hanging kit, & legs - AquaCave

Aquactinic fixture is "as is" but all bulbs need replacing.
TEK Light has all bulbs but I need to purchase Mounting options.
Coralvue Comes with all mounting options but I need bulbs.

Help me out guys. Like I said this is gonna be a mixed reef.
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Old 12-03-2011, 08:24 AM   #6
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I would also like to add that this light from post 1 is still available and is now $350 again as is but the bulbs are about 4 months old so I have a little life left in them. 48" Solar Flare 6 Lamp Complete T5 Fixture by Aquactinics* - AquaCave The fixture is believed to be about 5-6yrs old. They do need to be cleaned and probably painted.
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I would get the one with the fan. Lights give off heat any amount of air movement is going to help keep the tank temperature more stable.
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Im really indifferent to the fans or not. I can always get an external if needed.
By the way I pretty sure im ruling out the 2 aquactinics fixtures unless someone talks me out of it, and considering the amount of replies that ain't gonna happen. Thanks again
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why are you set on 6 lamps? i would go with an 8 lamp fixture. fans give you a few more months before you have to replace the bulbs. the cooler they run, they longer they last. t5's aren't blazing hot, so unless you have a glass shield, i don't think fans are necessary.
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