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Old 05-29-2013, 02:37 PM   #11
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**** I didn't think of that. It probably is since I didn't see the HO. So will I still be lacking in light then?
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It will probably put you in the low to low end of medium lighting... I recall reading somewhere that it would be more cost effective to get a single bulb T5HO (like a Hagen Glo), rather than a dual T5NO because the light output of a good quality reflector will beat it. Plus having to replace the NO bulbs annually will get costly in ratio to the amount of light you're actually getting. I also recall reading that the coralife T5NO is the same as the Aqueon T5NO... both use uncommon bulb sizes that forces you to buy from them rather than having the almost endless options of standardized T5HO bulb sizes. I'd return it to be honest... you'd be better off with a dual bulb T5HO from Odyssea.
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Alright. Thanks. I will have to do so then.
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The Aquatic Life T5HO will have better reflectors than the Odyssea. However, the trade-off is the Odyssea, while having mediocre reflectors, is inexpensive and comes with 2 bulbs from Aqua traders.
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:21 PM   #15
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Yeah and I was looking at the aquatic life on amazon and was thinking of going with that one. And from what I found in the odyssea is that it doesn't come in a 30". Not that it is that important.
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:37 PM   #16
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You might want to look at Fishneedit.com...they have cheaper fixtures, in money and in quality but they work well.
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:04 PM   #17
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I will have to check into that. But I had just called my lfs and asked what they had for t5ho. And well I can't exchange my light in unless it is defective. So I'm stuck with what I got for now. I'm sure it will work just dandy, just maybe a bit more costly with buying bulbs every year.
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Sorry to hear that.. That's a terrible return/exchange policy. Good luck with the new light.

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I'm not sure what the inside of the fixture looks like, but you might be able to increase its intensity by adding in some reflectors, maybe even painting the inside white as some do with other non-HO lighting. You can research that if you feel the intensity is lacking.
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I was trying to research my suggestion just now and stumbled upon this disconcerting thread on the 30" coralife t5no... Hope yours doesn't encounter problems like these guys...

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=173692

Edit: so after skimming a few pages on that thread, I'd recommend, since the LFS won't take it back, try to determine when your fixture was built. Apparently the older units, which can sit on a LFS's shelf for years, have design flaws that can burn out bulbs, stop working prematurely, and/or melt the splash guard. The solution, if you have an older model, is to contact Coralife directly and try to get a newer model switched out.
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Alright will do. Man thanks for all the help. You have been a saint with this.
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