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post #1 of 29 Old 07-02-2009, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
Help choosing lights

NOVA Extreme 36" T-5 Fixture 4 x 39W by Current USA* - AquaCave

I have my eye on the lights above. My tanks is a 45 gallon (tall). Dimensions 36x12x24. I want to be able to keep just about any coral taht I want..... looking for any advice before I spend a couple hundred bucks.
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post #2 of 29 Old 07-02-2009, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
AquaticLife PowerCompact CF Light Fixture

These look great and have a great review,too. With a built in timer.
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post #3 of 29 Old 07-02-2009, 03:14 PM
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If you want to go T5, use the Extreme Pro. I had this unit on my 46 gallon bow and I loved its output. I used Metal Halide for a while, but the energy consumption is much better with T5, so I switched.

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post #4 of 29 Old 07-02-2009, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
Okay. It only comes with two power cords right?
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post #5 of 29 Old 07-02-2009, 09:27 PM
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if you want to keep just about any coral your going to want halides. t5s still leave alot of options but you also have to consider tall tanks being harder to light lower in the tank. also keep in mind any future upgrades. it may also be wise to find a local reefing club to get better lights used for the same price as something less new.
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post #6 of 29 Old 07-02-2009, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
I think I want to stay away from halides, so maybe I need to take back my previous statement. I want to go t5 ho, but I want the one that will allow me to keep most corals. These lights seem to be fairly well priced and people seem to be raving over them in the reviews. Has any one had any experience with them on corals? I love the fact that they come with one cord and built in digital timers for each light. I do have a fairly deep sand bed; 4 inches in most places, and 5 nearly 6 in some.

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post #7 of 29 Old 07-02-2009, 10:02 PM
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i used retrofit icecap T5s and enjoy them. changing 1 bulb allows you to change the "color" of the tank.
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post #8 of 29 Old 07-02-2009, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
So far it looks like I will go with the Nova extremes... seems to be pretty efficient
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post #9 of 29 Old 07-02-2009, 10:49 PM
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again check out a local reefing club in your area and even craigslist and ebay. you'll prob most likely need new bulbs but youll prob. also find a fixture cheaper then brand new.
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post #10 of 29 Old 07-02-2009, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
how much should I try and sell my current lights for on craigslist. Coralife 36 inch one 10000k bulb and an actinic I think (idk if that's exactly right).
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