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Old 03-25-2009, 12:26 PM   #11
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Thank you for the help; and from what I have read I have realized yes T5's are more efficient. I just want to make sure I'm making the right purchase lol.
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Old 03-25-2009, 06:48 PM   #12
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You get what you pay for so make sure your lighting is up to snuff. The Nova series is considered a low-end fixture with the Tek's above that followed by IceCap, Aquatinics, and ATI. Most of the quality control in low-end fixtures consist of the ballasts, reflectors, and even cooling.
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:02 PM   #13
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Here ya go fellas here are my newly purchased lights where I should be able to house everything from sps to lps.
Daylight and actinics

Just the actinic blues

And another shot of actinics and 10k daylight lights
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:08 PM   #14
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You get what you pay for so make sure your lighting is up to snuff. The Nova series is considered a low-end fixture with the Tek's above that followed by IceCap, Aquatinics, and ATI. Most of the quality control in low-end fixtures consist of the ballasts, reflectors, and even cooling.
I dont quite follow how you came about this conclusion. This is the first thing I heard that had a negative say on the nova fixtures. The current usa nova extreme I received has had very few bad reviews. Now icecaps I have heard good things about... however I think most lighting choices are choice and personal preference. However I would like to know where you got that information as I could sell mine if something better was out there for the price.
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:17 PM   #15
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From users and those who study lighting systems I've seen time and again recommendations of Tek, IceCap, and the others I mentioned over Nova series due to better ballasts, reflectors, and other internal parts. I'm not stating they are bad lights, but they are considered by many to be low on the totem pole as far as T5 lighting options are concerned. If you are satisfied with what you have then I see no need to replace the fixture, but I would check out RC for the T5 Question/Answer thread just to start.
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:52 PM   #16
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i know nothing about sw but there is a couple places with cheap t5's

T5-HO Light
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Old 03-25-2009, 09:43 PM   #17
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I can't recommend that Catalina highly enough - individual reflectors, high light output, outstanding customer service and quality components. I've been running one on my freshwater tank with some extremely light-demanding plants, and it's been great. The reflectors are especially well-made, and send very little light anywhere but straight down into the tank.

Compared to the 4x65W you posted, this is almost the same power output, but it gives you a lot more control over lighting type. The one you posted is 4x21" bulbs, meaning if you change out one bulb (Actinic to full spectrum, for example) you'd have to change out two or else you'd have made the change to only half your tank. With that fixture you'd be stuck with 50% Actinic, 50% full spectrum. With the Catalina you could choose 75% one way or the other, or with the combination bulbs they make you can fine-tune it even more.

It doesn't have moonlights, but that isn't hard to do.
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I have been looking between PC and T5, and honestly I know more people choose T5 because they are more efficient. So I have been looking at a T5 Quad 48", 2- 12000k's and 2-Actinic blues. Also 4 blue LED's; All of course 54Watts.

The other set I was looking at is a Quad PC set which has 2-12000k's and 2-Actinic's and 8 blue LED's.

The first set is $130 buyout on ebay and the second set is a straight out bid.

Leaning towards the T5's.

Also while I am at it instead of creating a new thread, I am looking at a UV sterilizer by coralife, 3X. Anyone use these uv sterilizers?

Also as much as I know its not needed. was looking into a fluval filter with possibly just using filter pads and fine polishing pads. Something off ebay which probably wouldn't be to expensive however have a decent rate. Would using a canister filter be to powerful of a pump to use a uv sterilizer? I realize at certain gph the uv sterilizer does better at bacteria or algae. http://www.aquatichouse.com/uvsteril...TurboTwist.pdf shows theres.
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