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post #1 of 22 Old 01-22-2011, 05:37 AM Thread Starter
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What light to use for 125 gal?

Hey guys ~

I use to have a double strip tube light thingy with 2, 32 watt bulbs. It was awesome and so natural and bright. But it died and I forget what bulbs I used!

I have literally return approx 20 bulbs to my LFS as they are were dull, and horrilbe! I think it is because I only have a single strip light thingy.

I want bright and I want the greenery to pop with color. I am returning yet another $25 dollar light today:(

Help!
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post #2 of 22 Old 01-22-2011, 01:55 PM
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Lights can be frustraiting !!!! I went through exactly what you are going through a while ago.
We need some info to help you out...
What are the dimesions of your tank???
What fixtures do you have now??
Do you have live plants??
What is your budget???
What kind of hood do you have on the tank and how much room do you have for lights???

On my 55 I have 4 light fixtures. 2 6500k tubes to keep the plants Happy, and 2 8000K to make it bright and make me happy .
On my 125 long I have a 72" fixture with 2 tubes, 3 metal halides and some blue LEDs for night time viewing.

Let us know what you are working with.... Post a pic if you can
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post #3 of 22 Old 01-22-2011, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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I know ~I didn't give very much info. I was trippin about catching my 9 fish for trade it. I just got back ~ I got $198 for 9 Fish ~ 5 Fronts, and 2 Leleupi and 1 Blue Dolphin and some odd one.

And ~

At our LFS we use to have a huge eel called SMUD, that is our electricity company's name here. He was 44 years old! He just died yesterday so they took down his tank and sold me the light fixture for $30 with two lights.

He put them on a tank too and it was the perfect color!! I wonder though....what it will look like on my tank!

I will let you know! Thanks so much!
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Good luck .... post a pic when you get it setup
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post #5 of 22 Old 01-22-2011, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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I will! The light is perfect!
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post #6 of 22 Old 01-22-2011, 10:46 PM
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Ah, You went to Capitol. I didn't know SMUD died!

150 Gallon - Mostly American Cichlids
135 Gallon - Angelfish Community
75 Gallon - Odd couple (Polleni/Angelfish)
55 Gallon - African tank
20 Gallon Long - QT
10 Gallon - Empty
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Ah, You went to Capitol. I didn't know SMUD died!
Yes! I also heard from pets mart staff, that Capital is closing! I can't believe it.
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Oh no! The largest fish store in Sac. And the oldest I think.

150 Gallon - Mostly American Cichlids
135 Gallon - Angelfish Community
75 Gallon - Odd couple (Polleni/Angelfish)
55 Gallon - African tank
20 Gallon Long - QT
10 Gallon - Empty
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post #9 of 22 Old 01-23-2011, 01:04 AM Thread Starter
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I'm gonna ask tomorrow. I will let you know. Ever been to O Street Aquarium? I like them too!
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post #10 of 22 Old 01-23-2011, 11:34 AM
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Yes, I've been to O Street. Nice store. I think JoJo's is becoming my favorite though. Nice quality fish and they have all their tanks individually filtered so no passing of disease from tank to tank.

150 Gallon - Mostly American Cichlids
135 Gallon - Angelfish Community
75 Gallon - Odd couple (Polleni/Angelfish)
55 Gallon - African tank
20 Gallon Long - QT
10 Gallon - Empty
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