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Robbin48 03-24-2013 12:15 PM

Need new 48" Lights for new tank - Opinions?
Has anyone purchased these lights and have an opinion? I just purchased a new 75 g and need lights for a planted tank....they are on e-bay for ~ $60.00 :roll:$(KGrHqV,!jc...-SLOw~~_12.JPG

MoneyMitch 03-24-2013 06:23 PM

dont see any brnad marks as brand can play a GIANT role in t5 fixtures, some of the cheaper fixtures have a very sub par balalst and a crappy reflector. both are major factors on t5 lighting, if your ballast is crappy your output will be crappy, if your reflector is crappy your not going to get maximum efficany out of the light. generally what i found is you get what you pay for as far as fixtures go.

Robbin48 03-24-2013 08:03 PM

Thank you...I was pretty much expecting that answer.... :-( the search continues

MoneyMitch 03-27-2013 06:38 PM

your best bet if you plan to stay low tech is to go for a dual t8 fixture, im facing major algae issues with my t5 fixture without the use of co2.

Robbin48 03-28-2013 02:23 AM

Thanks for the help, I'm going to look at those T8 ones...:-)

Robbin48 03-28-2013 02:25 AM

On an off-topic note, sad we traded Iggy tonight :cry:

MoneyMitch 04-04-2013 06:39 PM

=( what did you get in return? and how is the light window shopping going

Robbin48 04-05-2013 12:39 AM

We got two rookies and a 1st round draft pick.....

I have been thinking about getting a regular fluorescent T8 fixture and two daylight bulbs (or should I get a four light fixture?) and hanging it. I do have a T5 on my 37 g and am having some issues with algae (hair) like you were having. I cut down the light to eight hours and it's better but maybe lower light tubes?

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