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Planning a 55 gal, with these options
Old 07-17-2009, 01:04 PM   #11
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That's the light I use on my 55gal. You can see my pics for brightness. I like the T-8 bulbs because they are easy to find and are cheap. By the way, the triple bulb model only takes t-8 32watt bulbs, not the 40w. The two bulb model will accept t-8, t-12??? 32 & 40 watt bulbs. Something to do with the ballast I guess.

The Compact lights are brighter for the watts but I was having a hard time finding bulbs. and they cost more than t-8 bulbs. I also didn't like that the fixture needed a fan to keep it cool. (I have young kids that like to touch!)
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Old 07-17-2009, 02:21 PM   #12
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I never thought of that...have kids here too. As far as price...cheaper is definitely better.
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Old 07-18-2009, 07:41 AM   #13
I got two T5 fixtures with two bulbs each for my 55 gallon. Each bulb is 28 watt and it is pretty bright. I think it may be coralife and they are 48 inch. They were about 60 dollars a piece maybe 70. I was only able to find them at one fish store in cincinnati. One store had a high output that was broken and another store said there was difficulty getting T5 products because of international trade law or something and a recall so they may be hard to find. I saw a high output T5 but it didnt work and I returned it. My anacharis might need the most light and it is doing well. I dont have much room left on my canopy but I am looking for a "nightlight". I would like to find a low blue light that will not bother anything or encourage algae growth, if even possible lol. I am very happy with my lights, whether it is overkill or not I dont know. The fish store uuses the same fixture on all their tanks however they only use one. I got the freshwater version with a pink bulb and a 6700k bulb.

Also, correct me if I am wrong but I think the depth is the important factor not the gallons.

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Old 07-19-2009, 06:33 AM   #14
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Herky, just jumping to substrate for a second (I know your focusing on lights, but I noticed you mentioned Eco Complete). I have 2 tank running right now. One is a 20 gallon which I've had for about 3 years. I put Eco in it last year and nothing grew. It was not the fault of the Eco Complete! It was my own fault because I bought a light that was much too intense for a 20 gallon tank that has no CO2. Knowing I would be upgrading to a larger tank, I just left the light situation as it was. The plants died and I put fake plants in to hold me over.

Now my second tank is a 75 gallon which I just got up and running this week. I purchased 4 bags of Eco Complete for this tank and I cannot believe how different it is from the Eco Complete I used in my 20g last year. My old Eco complete is much smaller grained. The new Eco Complete has very large chunks in it and I'm not thrilled with it. If I had realized this beforehand I probably would have gone with Flourite Black Sand instead. It's too late now, but I just wanted to give you a heads up.

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Old 07-19-2009, 07:53 AM   #15
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That's good to know artgalnj, that is something I was actually concerned with since I have never actually seen the eco complete in person. I do want a smaller substrate for numerous reasons....I guess I'll have to search more intensely for a place that sells it before I buy.
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Old 07-19-2009, 07:29 PM   #16
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I wanted a smaller sized substrate too (I have angelfish and bottom dwellers). That was why I went with the Eco again. The first time I bought it a year ago it was like sand and I liked it alot. This time the grains are large and some are VERY large, nothing like last years batch at all
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