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Old 07-21-2011, 10:06 AM   #11
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Yep, my 30" takes a 24" bulb as well. I just like that the hood covers the tank from end to end instead of there being dead space.
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Mmmm I see that is very interesting. I was staying away from the 30 inches because I thought I would be restricted to buy the bulbs from the light manufacturer. If thats the case I am just paying for extra hood coverage?

If nobody wants to pick a light then someone just reassure me that if I pick any of those listed I can't go wrong thank you
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Old 07-21-2011, 12:48 PM   #13
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Aquarium t5 lights come in 9, 18, 24, 48, and 54 inches. Only the 24 inch and above come in other varities beside 6700, 10000 and actinic. There are a few other sizes but they are not common. So, if you get a 60 inch fixture, it still uses 54 inch lights. Also, T-5 means the diameter of the light. So you can have a t-5 compact fluorescent light.

Personally, the fixture that rookie suggested, is a great price for 4 24" t-5 fixture.
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Old 07-21-2011, 12:56 PM   #14
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And what about in terms of quality and reliability? And what about 36" fixtures, those have 36" lightbulbs right?

(Should I just get the 36" Wavepoint Fixture that the one person is selling?)
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Old 07-21-2011, 05:20 PM   #15
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Would it be a bad idea to get a larger light than my tank? My tank is 29 inches, possibly could get a 36"
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Old 07-21-2011, 05:47 PM   #16
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I think it is purely cosmetic (and your preference). Are you OK with the look of the fixture overhanging the ends of the tank? I didn't want to do it, but my wife said it looked OK and after a week I am used to it and it looks fine (on my tank). The other thing is you will get more wattage (and I suppose Lumens) from the 36" bulbs, rather than 30" or 24"...

I will try to post a pic of my tank later.
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Old 07-21-2011, 05:48 PM   #17
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Me, I'd stick to the size of my tank. Not smaller and not bigger. BUT I'm an odd person and it would bother me LOL. You may be fine with it hanging over, it's kinda up to you. Youre getting the same light amt on the 24" or the 30" so it's just the extra $$ for it to fit exactly.
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Thanks luky that would be awesome! SADLY I AM CONSIDERING LEDS OMG. Do I need to buy a chiller? If I do I'm thinking I could get decent LED's for $300 and just go that route. What does everyone think?
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Old 07-21-2011, 05:50 PM   #19
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AGAIN I'M SORRY FOR POSTING SO MANY DARN LIGHT THREADS D;

I don't even know how to choose LED's either in terms of watts or par or whatever :/

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The 36" fixture would be fine... plus, if you ever upgrade tanks, if it's 36", you won't have to buy a new fixture. It'll look a bit off, but really, it doesn't matter. I've used 36" fixtures on 30" tanks in the past. Now I have all the appropriate sized fixtures. It's all about preferecne.
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