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Aquarium in need of an upgrade
Old 07-28-2012, 02:11 AM   #11
 
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I have owned one about a year and a half. I think it is an incredible value light fixture, I got a 3 individual corded light with moonlight LEDs and 4 T5 HO lights on legs for about 100 bucks. I only run two of the bulbs at a time on a timer for 8 hours, there is a switch for each set of lights. Mine has been flawless and I will give them more of my money in the future.
I did not know that there light fitures were individually corded that is a plus because most companies tend to use single corded fixtures which to me makes no sense that if you want to use a single light on the fixture it cannot be achieved. I think this is a good option can one choose bulbs here as well when buying there light fixtures as if you didn't want the both lights to be for example 6700K and maybe even a gro-lux light the ones with a pinkish coloration on them if they carry them in stock. I would like that option as well or would you need to take the lights that are given with there fixture. They do include the lights write. I'll have to check back with the site again as to what there lights come with. Decisions, why is it so hard for one to decide on what will work best for one when there are so many options to choose from can't we just get one of each that way we can see what works out best. Hmm, that may not be such a bad idea well let me see what I come up with.
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Old 07-28-2012, 06:17 AM   #12
 
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Yes the bulbs are included and I think now they will sell them to you with 6500k in them. When I got my light that option wasn't there so I ended up with reef lights that had to be changed out. I just ordered the bulbs with the light fixture but like I said they have fixtures made for the planted tank now days.
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:48 AM   #13
 
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If you find those cones for cfls let me know. I've been looking to see about upgrading the fixtures at all, though I haven't had any issues. I like how each light is separate too so I can have each bulb turn on at a different time for something more gradual for the fishes.
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:21 PM   #14
 
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Yes the bulbs are included and I think now they will sell them to you with 6500k in them. When I got my light that option wasn't there so I ended up with reef lights that had to be changed out. I just ordered the bulbs with the light fixture but like I said they have fixtures made for the planted tank now days.
This is by far better for us planted tank members getting stuck with salt water lights can be a drag since they do not offer any beneficial lighting to our tanks. I will have to look at there site again to see if they come with acrylic lenses on them as water tends to be a hazard on exposed ends as had happen to my other T5's made by Hagen Glo. I'm also wondering do these lights have individual reflectors on them. I think that this is something else that some companies are doing that makes for even more lighting to those plants that need it even better. Well it's time to start doing my weekly water changes and then more research for me. I'm not sure if I should get a cover for my tank a glass cover as I just wouldn't want to impede any light going in the tank but it would also help from any jumpers of my aquarium as I have found shrimps around the tank every now and then probably spooked by lights going on as they are all on timers. Then they may be also running for cover from the other fish so they wouldn't be able to be eaten by there tankmates.
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Old 07-28-2012, 04:27 PM   #15
 
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They do have the cover but also keep in mind that two of these bulbs running puts out a lot of light. I have to work at keeping mine down with surface plants and other means. One thing i do is let my acrylic cover build up with the evaporation gunk (some kind of whitish powdery stuff, maybe CA). I could wipe it right off but you cant see it and it reduces the light some, so I leave it. My light also has two internal fans that keep it cool and I only run it for 8 hours a day on a timer. If I can get 3 to 4 years out of the light I will be very pleased.
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Old 07-28-2012, 04:32 PM   #16
 
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Here is a plain jain one for only 58 bucks, only one cord but it is all you need and that is cheap.

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Old 07-28-2012, 04:38 PM   #17
 
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This is a newer model of the light I have, the feet are different and it comes with 6500K bulbs now. Its about 100 bucks. You can run one set of lights at a time. All four wouldn't work! The older model allowed the light to pivot up for work on the tank, I see that it has static feet now so that is not as good.

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Old 07-29-2012, 12:15 AM   #18
 
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If you find those cones for cfls let me know. I've been looking to see about upgrading the fixtures at all, though I haven't had any issues. I like how each light is separate too so I can have each bulb turn on at a different time for something more gradual for the fishes.
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The site is 1000bulbs.com this is the item posted below. I'm not to sure if it is what your looking for.
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Old 07-29-2012, 01:51 AM   #19
 
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This is a newer model of the light I have, the feet are different and it comes with 6500K bulbs now. Its about 100 bucks. You can run one set of lights at a time. All four wouldn't work! The older model allowed the light to pivot up for work on the tank, I see that it has static feet now so that is not as good.

Odyssea T5 Aquarium Lighting
That part the legs I wasn't to happy about as well and I know the price is a steel but there seems to be something lacking in this light fixture although I seen one Odyssea T5 in here with a timer on it but the light itself seems to be a little cheap it looks to me. Maybe I really don't know yet I am wondering why these lights are so inexpensive for the same lights that other competitors sell for twice and even three times there price. I was wondering you know how people say if it looks to good to be true and then you get the item and there in front of your eyes is when you say I knew it was to good to be true. I guess for the price that one pays it still pays itself off. I like the review on the guy saying do you think your fish can read what brand the item is. I had T5 before and it was somewhat blinding to my fish when they use to go on. It's like you need fish shades so that they can go about there normal lives. I use to have them go on 1 hour after the compact flourescents went on and 1 hour at the end of the day before they went off so as not to shock them to much. They would seek shelter from the light as we individuals do when it is to bright outside. I know I'm rambling on but there has to be a better way. I was thinking maybe since my tank is 48 inches long with a center brace that maybe I should just worry about lighting that half of tank with the higher out put of light I'm not to sure if this would work you catch my way of thinking maybe cram those higher needing light plants on the one side where it is needed and not worry about stressing the fish out over all this extra light. Boy this sure is stressful for the person trying to grow weeds in an aquarium. Anyhow it seems to me that its back to the drawing board. Does anyone here have experience with the LED's that are the next generation of lighting as you can see there are hardly anymore "compact flourescent",almost all the web sites are trying to push these off there seems to be no feedback from at least the people that are trying to grow plants under these things in the aquarium hobby at least. If someone cares to share there experience with this type of light feel free to chime in. I just can't see what direction this will lead us in there has to be a better way then having to clean off the excess glass algae to obtain a nice high lighted plant tank. Boy one would think that this aquarium hobby wouldn't have to be this much work to get out the proper spectrums of light to give each species plants,fish and invertabrae a place they can call home.
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