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10/03/2007, 08:27 PM
Newbie here needs help with any suggestions on lights for my 55gal (48inch) tank. I would like to have clams eventually. I like all the benefits for T5's so I think I'm going to go with those. I have about $450-$550 to spend. I have no canopy nor any hood (dont want a retrofit kit) so I'm looking for a complete fixture.

I was looking at these fixtures so far any input on them (good or bad) would help. Also if anyone has others they would suggest I would really appreciate your help. Thanks



10/03/2007, 08:33 PM
The Aquactinics is a much better light.

10/03/2007, 08:56 PM
I like this fixture as well


10/03/2007, 09:11 PM
I'm buying the aquactinics fixture for my 29 gallon sps/clam/etc tank. I think either the tek or the aquactinics fixture would work well for you. The only thing that I don't like about the PFO fixture is that it's a single reflector. If I understand correctly, and those with better knowledge can certainly correct me, but I think you get more optimal results with individual reflectors for each bulb. The aquactinics fixture has one less bulb than the tek, but it appears to be the better value. I don't have experience with either vendor, so take my advice for what it's worth.

10/03/2007, 09:19 PM
Steve you are right about the individual reflectors, you will get better results because you are placing the light source in the middle of the parabolic shape, placing more then one in the same space will cause light from some bulbs to be reflected into the back of others because of the shape.

10/03/2007, 10:31 PM
thanks for mentioning that Steve I didn't even realize that the PFO was single reflector thats why I didn't get the Nova unit

If anyone else knows of a unit that is good that maybe I just havent seen yet I would appreciate any info

10/04/2007, 06:01 PM

10/04/2007, 06:28 PM
ATI powermodule... but good luck getting one. The Aquatinics is the one I would go with. The reflectors are better than the Tek, and it has active cooling. Simply put, even though it has one less bulb, its 20% more efficient, so its a wash. And not having to use/replace one extra bulb isnt a bad thing.

10/04/2007, 06:42 PM
Would it be worth it to save some more $$$ and buy this fixture if I understand correctly it acts as lid as well (2 birds 1 stone)


10/04/2007, 07:24 PM
Its 14" wide, and 7 bulbs is a bit overkill... your pick though. I think 5 bulbs is plenty for a 55g though.

10/04/2007, 07:33 PM
That looks like a fantastic fixture. I just got my aquactinic fixture today, and I'm thrilled with it. You have SO many bulb options with a 7 bulb fixture, too!

10/04/2007, 07:37 PM
I think 7 bulbs over 55 is over kill if you are using a fixture with individual reflectors.