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Calling out aquarium lighting companies
Old 12-25-2009, 05:25 PM   #1
 
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Calling out aquarium lighting companies

Sorry folks. I have to vent.
<begin rant>

I have to say in that spending all of last weekend, free time this past week, Christmas Eve and today, Christmas day reading about lighting, I conclude that it's all a bunch of crap and lighting manufacturers are part of the problem in "trend setting".

Much like Harley Davidson became the 'in" thing of motorcycling. White shirt yuppies growing in a 5 o'clock shadow, donning leathers, and hopping on their $30,000 bike pretending to be a biker for the weekend. This has happened to aquariums as well. Advances in lighting have led to these super high output bulbs, highly polished German reflectors, sizzling un-Godly amounts to the substrate where you have to use co2 injection or you're just not cool. Like the dude on a Yamaha isn't cool to the Harley crowd.

Sure we can find cheap looking plastic squared off hoods that take the good ol' T8 or T12 bulbs. Ain't that simulated oak trim nice? Yeah, just peachy. Or you go to Home Depot or Lowes and buy a shop light. No offense but the name shop light has shop in it. SHOP meaning the shop. Work, dirty, nothing fancy just need light. Shop lights look like **** hanging over your aquarium. Especially in your living room. Why would I spend so much money and time on trying to make something look and work so nicely yet hang a stinking shop light over it? Add a canopy some might say. Yeah sure. Let's add more weight and a big monstrosity of wood on top of the dang thing.

I want what I want. And I can't find it. The current "rage" and hype of this hobby have taken away a section the leaves some of us in the open just hanging here. Can I get a nice fancy looking fixture like one of those Nova Extreme T5 HO lights but uses normal output T5? NO! I did find what I thought I wanted but does what I thought I wanted have, which was a 2 bulb normal output T5 fixtures, 2 switches to control 1 lamp or both? NO! Can I find one with 4 n.o. T5 that have the double switch/cord feature? NO! It's... Here have this crappy looking crappy featured light OR do what all the cool kids do and inject co2, get mini sun blasting light fixtures and go with all the other sheep.

I know a lot of you have beautiful, successful aquariums with low light, bought here or there, diy, etc... But there is something I am willing to pay money to buy and it's not available. Period! Sure I could get T5 HO fixture, hang it higher than normal to reduce intensity and only use 2 of the 4 bulbs in it just in case someday I want to inject co2. Again, hang it higher so when I am watching tv in my living room with the tank lights on they are 3 feet above it blasting my eyes out because it's higher than I am sitting on the couch. And I really don't want to be a sheep either. Everywhere I read a vast majority as shooting co2. Can I do a 2 bulb T5 HO fixture right over the aquarium on its legs with glass canopy without co2? NO!!!
Like I said... T5 normal output in a simple, cheap, basic fixtures for $60 but it doesn't have any features. NONE! So I may as well build my own custom fixture. And install it in? A big clunky wooden canopy? Sure, I'll get right on that.

Lighting companies. I call you out for being sheep. SHEEP you are. BAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!
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Old 12-25-2009, 09:13 PM   #2
 
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+1 thus why i push the walmart lights and not the glo seris like others on here -_- Welcome to reality my friend glad you found the light at the end of the tunnel!
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Old 12-25-2009, 09:23 PM   #3
 
Hmmmm........

I don't quite agree with a lot of that. I'm also more of a fan of DIY though. I guess all I can say is build your own or buy one and modify it to suit your needs. Wiring in a second on-off switch should take an hour max. You can only do it for a 4 bulb fixture.

As far as high lighting and CO2 being the "in" crowd. I disagree with you, I run that stuff, and there is no "in" crowd IMO. I like high light tanks as much as I like El Natural tanks. Around here cichlids are popular, doesn't mean I'm going to keep them.
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Old 12-27-2009, 06:18 PM   #4
 
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Ok, so... I've been investigating this in to the ground. I'm one person and I cant change the world. In order to get the lighting decent I feel as though I have to give somewhere. Where? I am pretty sure I'll be putting a canopy on my 55g.

I caved in and bought a shop light at Home Depot. I got one that houses 2- T8 32 watt bulbs. I wanted to go with T12 so I could use the Sylvania Gro Lux and Gro Lux wide spectrum bulbs but it's a matter of time until T12 is a thing of the past. And I don't think the Gro lux comes in T 8 although I caould be mistaken. T 5, well the choices are stinking for what I want to do.

I went with the shiny aluminum diamond plate shop light fixture. Why? Couple reasons. The bulb spacing was wider between the two bulbs than most of the other shop lights there. Think wider pattern on tank floor... And because it has the shiny aluminum reflector to help direct the lighting down into the tank and not distribute it all over the place. The canopy will hold the light once I screw it into the wood lid. And once I get a canopy. I guess they aren't that bad. I was venting with the op in this thread. hehehe...
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Old 12-27-2009, 07:50 PM   #5
 
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Ok, so... I've been investigating this in to the ground. I'm one person and I cant change the world. In order to get the lighting decent I feel as though I have to give somewhere. Where? I am pretty sure I'll be putting a canopy on my 55g.

I caved in and bought a shop light at Home Depot. I got one that houses 2- T8 32 watt bulbs. I wanted to go with T12 so I could use the Sylvania Gro Lux and Gro Lux wide spectrum bulbs but it's a matter of time until T12 is a thing of the past. And I don't think the Gro lux comes in T 8 although I caould be mistaken. T 5, well the choices are stinking for what I want to do.

I went with the shiny aluminum diamond plate shop light fixture. Why? Couple reasons. The bulb spacing was wider between the two bulbs than most of the other shop lights there. Think wider pattern on tank floor... And because it has the shiny aluminum reflector to help direct the lighting down into the tank and not distribute it all over the place. The canopy will hold the light once I screw it into the wood lid. And once I get a canopy. I guess they aren't that bad. I was venting with the op in this thread. hehehe...
The fixture is a matter of personal preference, and now you're set. The most important thing are the tubes. The Gro-lux and similarly-named tubes are not my preference, and I have used Gro-lux for many years long ago. First, they are less intense light. And second, they create a purplish hue in the aquarium which does not render true colours of fish and plants.

As you've got Home Depot, you can get excellent tubes there for very little money. In Canada they now carry Phillips, but previously it was Sylvannia. Both make similar tubes. For more than 15 years I used one Sylvannia Daylight (full spectrum) and one Daylight Deluxe (or something similar, it was a slightly higher kelvin that the full spectrum) and the plants grew tremendously well. I now have the Life-Glo as my full spectrum only because I got them at 1/3 cost from a store closing out this year. My second tube is the Phillips Daylight Deluxe (6500K). This is the combination I have on the present 90g and 70g tanks. It is good plant light, and it is balanced for a natural rendition of fish and plant colours.

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