Need Suggestion on Lighting.

Discussion in 'Lighting, Filtration & Other Equipment' started by Sir Alex, Nov 16, 2011.

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    Sir Alex Dragon the eel (below)

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    I'm trying to find the cheapest light that will fit my 5' eel tank. :grumble:

    What do you guys suggest? I can't hang anything. This is the cheapest 60" fixture I can find but I don't need so much light and don't want too much power consumption.

    The other alternative is a 4' light with extendable brackets. The odyssea lights only extend up to 52".


    What do I do???
     
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    jcegt87 Dude Dude DUDE!!!!!!

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    thats gonna probably be the cheapest lights , you could always just turn to bulbs on and save the other 2 ,,,just a thought
     
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    You get on CL or with your local reefing community and get good top of the line stuff for rock bottom prices and not have to worry about buying product that is not up to par. Additionally if you have timers on your tank your lights wont just sit and run and consume energy. Aside from LED lights however, you are going to have power consumption. However your tank isnt going to skyrocket the price of power. Even when I was running the lights on my husbands 55 my bill wasnt that bad.....
     
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    jcegt87 Dude Dude DUDE!!!!!!

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    well he looking for cheap lights just to light up his tank , not to have a high par rating but just to illuminate his tank
     
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    We are using "par" in two different ways LOL

    In any case, I still dont understand why you dont get something from your local reefing community or CL you can get "cheap" from there.
     
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    Northstar24 The Tang Herder

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    Look for a 60" fixture used, you can save some serious coin on Craigslist or local reef clubs. If you're just doing it to light the tank (and not keep any coral) why not just use the strip light most aquariums come with? These should easily be found in standard lengths, and a couple of T8 bulbs is not going to use much power....
     
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    Won't those crap lights cause algae though Northstar? For some reason I remember reading that...
     
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    To my understanding any lights will cause algae growth. Its your timing and your CUC that keep them in check.......I may only be 1.2 right here though
     
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    Northstar24 The Tang Herder

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    Not if you change the bulbs on a semi regular basis, I would think they would be fine
     
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    Hmmm, I swear I remember researching and discovering that the T-8s were not even recommended for FOWLR. My hood came with those T-8s so I really, really wanted to use them.
    Oh well, what do I know?
     
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    Northstar24 The Tang Herder

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    My dad and I used them for years over cichild tanks and sure there was some algae, just like there is some algae under T5's, or LED. I'd think that they'd be like T5's and cause issues if the bulbs are never changed
     
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    Sir Alex Dragon the eel (below)

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    This is what marcah said in this thread: https://www.livingreefs.com/lighting-hood-question-t36576.html

    But those are t12, like I'm running...



    Does anyone know a 4' fixture that extends to 5'? If not I'll just get the 4 bulb odyssea when I have a little extra money to spend.
     
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    when I posted that I do not mean they cause algae I mean that those lights wont grow anything but algae.. I agree with northstar that if bulbs are changed on a regular basis and water params kept up those lights would be fine on a FOWL..:D
     
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