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Old 05-28-2011, 05:31 PM   #1
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what light fixture around or under 500?

Hello I need another light fixture I have a 96x4 watt coralife fixture and I'm sick of it its old I replaced the bulbs just 1 month ago and they are bright when they first turn on in the morning then they dim down dramatically I changed the ballasts but nothing.. I have a tight budget can anyone suggest a different fixture around or under 500? I don't want compacts any more I was aiming twords vho or halides? Some one please help? My corals are slowly suffering and dying because of my lights dimming?
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Old 05-28-2011, 06:06 PM   #3
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That's really surprising, since bulbs and ballast is about all there is to a GCF.

There's T5HO & MH here:

fish need it;lights; food;Sponge
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I know I am not pleased with it.. thanku.. any other suggestions?
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Old 05-30-2011, 12:53 AM   #5
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DIY LED lights? Good jag of research but mite save ya some cash and they got crazy lifespan
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Old 05-30-2011, 01:02 AM   #6
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Yep, BigJim has a build thread for DIY LED's.

Or PCF? I've built 2 for here: http://www.ahsupply.com/
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Old 05-30-2011, 01:18 AM   #7
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Yea I'm tired of cps lighting I want something bright but I thought they havnt made led's for my size tank atleast affordable ones lol
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Old 05-30-2011, 01:48 AM   #8
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Ecoxotic Panorama LED Module

I have these and love them, my tank is a 90 gallon tall 48 x 18 x 24 tall. Had eight 8000k / 453's, but went back to six. Way more than enough light to do sps and lps I've found. Not sure how big your tank is but at $100 a piece that's almost in your price range. No bulbs to ever change, each has their own ballast (if one has an issue, you still have light), 12 watts by 6 is only 72 watts. They're brighter than my old t5 ho bulbs by the way (156 watt fixture). All my SPS and LPS are doing better than ever. Even a major jump in coralline and I love the glittering effect. Just my opinion.
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I just ordered some new lights for my tank. They are Odyssea brand and are extremely affordable. I don't know the rules for suggesting sites but I know aquatraders.com carries them. Sorry if I broke any rules, just trying to help!
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try reefkoi corals. very affordable led lights, but, get 14k instead of 20k. unless you like a real blue tank. I have a 200g unit over my 75 and the corals and fish colors have come on. and by the way, i have a 20k unit.
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