View Full Version : 24 inch 4 bulb T5 fixture on a budget

12/08/2011, 09:32 PM
My wife wants to get me new lights for my 26 gal tank (21 inches tall) for xmas. We set $200 dollar limits on each others gifts so I don't want to pass that. I'm sure she wouldn't mind going a little higher, but I really don't want to take advantage of the fact that she is letting me pick my gift out.

With that said, here are my options with pros and cons that I can think of each. I would love any input or opinions you guys may have, especially owners of any of these fixtures. I have LPS and softies in my tank and I will be using ATI bulbs in the new fixture.

1) Wave-Point - $178 shipped
Pros: Individual reflectors
Cons: One plug, so everything is all on or all off. No fan(s).

2) Coralife - $168 shipped
Pros: Has a fan, moonlights, more than one power switch
Cons: No individual reflectors

3) Fishneedit.com fixture - $112 shipped
Pros: The price!, made of aluminum(maybe more durable?), 2 switches
Cons: No idea on reflectors, doubt individual, no fan