Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > General Hardware/Equipment Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 07-01-2011, 07:44 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Heera's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 560
Buying reef lights!! Help decide.

I have 30 gallon Fowlr 16" tall.
Turing to reef i guess. Want to keep anemone's and corals later. Can't spend money in it again. So want to pick right light for so i can grow whatever later.

I have narrowed down to 2 choices for lights out of options I have. I can't afford to spend too much. Both fixtures below I can get for $ 165.

Help me choose Plz.

1. Old at craigslist.

Total wattage is 156 (4 x 39 watts). Dimensions: 36"x 7.25" x 2.5". Link: http://www.bigalsonline.ca/productDe...pc_cdn_wishabi Comes with: 1 Current T5 HO 39W 10KK lamp 2 Current T5 HO 39W 460 nm Actinic lamps 1 Coralife T5 HO 39W Colormax lamp These were used for about 6 months Also comes with 2 brand new lamps (thrown in for free): 1 Coralife T5 HO 39W Colormax lamp 1 Coralife T5 HO 39W 6700K Daylight

2. New one at LFS.

Aqua Nova NHT5-900 • Simple setup, with optional use of 90 degree, adjustable feet to suit each unit • Plastic splash proof cover to avoid water from splashing on globes. • Model - NHT5-900 (4 Tube) • Unit Length - 90cm - 3foot • Watt - 4x39W • Light Tube - 2 x WHITE / 2 x BLUE Plz help me decide which is better choice. I am so confused .
__________________

__________________
"goes around comes around"
Heera is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2011, 07:54 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
carey's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Deltona, Florida
Posts: 20,966
The link didn't work. Is your tank 36" wide?
__________________

__________________
180g- Mostly BIG fish and some coral. ~80g Nuvo- My coral tank with "happy fish"~ 90g- FOWLR Not the not happy type of fish~ 125g- Freshwater Malawi Cichlids ~10g- Nuvo- The refugees from the Ich of '18
carey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2011, 08:22 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Heera's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 560
http://www.bigalsonline.ca/productDe...pc_cdn_wishabi


This should work. Yes my tank is 36"x12"x16"
__________________
"goes around comes around"
Heera is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2011, 08:24 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Heera's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 560
The LFS said the aqua nova light has 4 x 56 watts so 216 watts. But online says 156 watts.
__________________
"goes around comes around"
Heera is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2011, 08:28 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
carey's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Deltona, Florida
Posts: 20,966
Try this for cheap t5's

fish need it;lights; food;Sponge
__________________
180g- Mostly BIG fish and some coral. ~80g Nuvo- My coral tank with "happy fish"~ 90g- FOWLR Not the not happy type of fish~ 125g- Freshwater Malawi Cichlids ~10g- Nuvo- The refugees from the Ich of '18
carey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2011, 08:34 PM   #6
SW REEF 20+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,669
Moved to General Hardware and equipment discussion.
__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2011, 12:54 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Heera's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 560
Anyone feel one better than other??
__________________
"goes around comes around"
Heera is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2011, 05:47 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Heera's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 560
Quote:
Originally Posted by carey
Try this for cheap t5's

fish need it;lights; food;Sponge
Thanks Carey,
Sorry didn't see it was a link before..
The one that comes closer is for $126 with 31 for shipping =$157 ( + tax too I guess)
The one I am getting is $165 (includes tax) So same price.


What I wanted to know was that which light is better between the 2.
Also will it be strong enough so I can grow corals and anemone's in 30 gallon tank.

Let me know ur thoughts on it. I need to go buy tomorrow.
__________________
"goes around comes around"
Heera is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2011, 07:59 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
carey's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Deltona, Florida
Posts: 20,966
I would choose the one you linked, the current one. Great fixture
__________________
180g- Mostly BIG fish and some coral. ~80g Nuvo- My coral tank with "happy fish"~ 90g- FOWLR Not the not happy type of fish~ 125g- Freshwater Malawi Cichlids ~10g- Nuvo- The refugees from the Ich of '18
carey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2011, 08:12 AM   #10
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Heera's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 560
Thanks Carey,
The one I linked is 2 years old used from craigslist.
Nova extreme High output t5 lighting fixture


What u feel makes the #1 (linked) better than the

2nd.
Aqua Nova NHT5-900 (new)

Same store bigals.
__________________
"goes around comes around"
Heera is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2011, 08:20 AM   #11
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
carey's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Deltona, Florida
Posts: 20,966
I couldnt find the aqua nova anywhere, the link didnt work.

I have the current extreme pro so I know I like that one, individual reflectors for the bulbs and is a regular sized bulb. sometimes you see bulbs in units that arent standard.
__________________
180g- Mostly BIG fish and some coral. ~80g Nuvo- My coral tank with "happy fish"~ 90g- FOWLR Not the not happy type of fish~ 125g- Freshwater Malawi Cichlids ~10g- Nuvo- The refugees from the Ich of '18
carey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2011, 08:34 AM   #12
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Heera's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 560
Thanks Carey u awesome.

Here is what I could find on aqua nova;

http://www.novaeuro.com/?a=produkty&...=6&idpodkat=49
__________________
"goes around comes around"
Heera is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2011, 09:23 AM   #13
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
carey's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Deltona, Florida
Posts: 20,966
It looks like an ok light. But I'd still get the nova extreme. Thats just my opinion though, please do what you need to. I couldnt see if they had individual reflectors on the novaeuro or what size bulbs it takes. Some brands like zoomed and odyssea have proprietary sizes for their bulbs. meaning you just can't get standard t5 replacements from any lfs, you have to use their bulbs.
__________________
180g- Mostly BIG fish and some coral. ~80g Nuvo- My coral tank with "happy fish"~ 90g- FOWLR Not the not happy type of fish~ 125g- Freshwater Malawi Cichlids ~10g- Nuvo- The refugees from the Ich of '18
carey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2011, 11:19 AM   #14
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Buffy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Weston, WI
Posts: 1,632
Quote:
Originally Posted by carey View Post
It looks like an ok light. But I'd still get the nova extreme. Thats just my opinion though, please do what you need to. I couldnt see if they had individual reflectors on the novaeuro or what size bulbs it takes. Some brands like zoomed and odyssea have proprietary sizes for their bulbs. meaning you just can't get standard t5 replacements from any lfs, you have to use their bulbs.

@Carey---Wow, I didn't know that, am glad I returned that light fixture and bulbs.



What options for bulb colors are the ones you are looking at? I'm wanting to do the same thing. So I've read different colors do different things. Will the lights you are looking at have the various colors? Do they hold 2 or 4 bulbs?
__________________
75 Gallon Saltwater Reef;

Buffy's Reef Queendom has inhabitants of 2 Spotted Cardinal, Randall's Goby, Green Mandarin, Blue Chromis, CUC & Corals
Buffy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2011, 01:58 PM   #15
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Heera's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 560
Thanks Carey for your input.
Decision made..Nova extreme it is than.
you have helped me this far now help with this too.

Nova extreme has 4 bulbs.
2 white and 2 blue.

Which bulbs should I run 10k or 14k. Blue or can I run a purple, what's difference.

Do I just put it on the tank and turn it on for 8 hrs. Or should I start by turning 2 hrs a day 3-4 days..

Thanks again to everyone for their input.
__________________
"goes around comes around"
Heera is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2011, 02:30 PM   #16
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
carey's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Deltona, Florida
Posts: 20,966
it depends on what color hue you like. 10k will give you a bright white maybe even yellowish hue. I run 12k ATI bulbs (aquablue specials) for the whites and for the blues I have the ATI Blue plus. I happen to like a blue-ish hue to my tank. You could also get a KZ purple plus if you want more of a subdued purple hue. It's all just your preference really. I wouldnt go below a 10k bulb for whites thiugh, they ar more for freshwater.

if you have just fish now you can just start running your fixture as you usually do. If you have any corals I would keep them on for a few hours and slowly build back up to where you were at time wise.

If you end up getting new bulbs then you also will have to light acclimate the corals.

Hope that helps
__________________
180g- Mostly BIG fish and some coral. ~80g Nuvo- My coral tank with "happy fish"~ 90g- FOWLR Not the not happy type of fish~ 125g- Freshwater Malawi Cichlids ~10g- Nuvo- The refugees from the Ich of '18
carey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2011, 04:16 PM   #17
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Heera's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 560
Thanks Carey again... Thanks everyone. Picking up the lights on Sunday.

Any tips on testing them to make sure they work??

I'll keep u posted..
__________________
"goes around comes around"
Heera is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2011, 07:21 PM   #18
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
mr_X's Avatar


 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Fairless Hills, Pa.
Posts: 17,895
Send a message via MSN to mr_X
plug them in and turn them on...lol. that is usually a pretty good indicator that you are buying a working fixture.
__________________
thanks,
Doug
mr_X is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2011, 07:42 PM   #19
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Heera's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 560
Lol. How complicated...
__________________
"goes around comes around"
Heera is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2011, 01:41 AM   #20
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Ibrahim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Washington DC
Posts: 2,559
Yea I'd go with the Nova over Oddysea. I just recommended their fixtures if you were on a low bugdet. But they also have a fixture that is 4x39w for about half the price here http://www.aquatraders.com/36-inch-4...re-p/52304.htm
__________________

__________________
Ibrahim is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
light, lights, reef

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Marineland Reef or Double-Bright LED for 50 gallon? Gnarls Gnarlington General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 5 06-28-2011 11:15 PM
reef safe trigger???? joshuawilliamson21 Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 2 06-28-2011 02:30 AM
Reef Octopus Skimmer Event Going on Now Affordable Aquatic Vendor Spotlight (Deals, Announcements & More) 0 06-24-2011 07:35 PM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:33 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.