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Old 10/15/2009, 04:58 PM   #1
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t5 lighting suggestions?

I will be setting up a 75 gallon tank (48" long, 18" wide, 20" deep).

I want this to be a reef tank, with the capability to hold soft corals, LPS, and SPS. I have been debating between MH and t5 lighting, and I have decided to go with t5's. Does anyone have suggestions for a unit? I was thinking Nova Extreme Pro 6x54 watt 48" fixture.

Does anyone think I should go with something else, or is that a good choice?


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Old 10/15/2009, 06:32 PM   #2
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Catalina Aquarium fixtures are nice. The 4x54W fixture is on sale for $190, if you email them they will most likely give you a deal on the 6x54W version.

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Old 10/15/2009, 06:39 PM   #3
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The Nova is not a bad fixture (had one), but depending on how much you're looking to spend you can't go wrong with either ati powermodule or sunpower. Have an 8 bulb powermodule on my 90, and it's amazing. Have mostly sps, and everything is growing like crazy. Definitely worth the money.

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Old 10/16/2009, 09:13 PM   #4
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I have a 72 gal bow, with a 6 x 54 Current USA Extreme Pro. I just couldn't afford the TEK, but I have to say it's well built, looks nice, has worked well. Supposedly the reflector is not as nice as the TEK, but I have more than enough light, and there are plenty of lamp choices to get the color you want.

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Old 10/16/2009, 09:31 PM   #5
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You can't do much better than an ATI Powermodule. I love mine!

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Old 10/17/2009, 02:09 AM   #6
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ATI is definitely out of my price range. TEK is still too high for me, but if I could find it on sale or something I'd probably have to for it. NOVA Extreme Pro might have to do though

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Old 10/17/2009, 09:04 AM   #7
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I'm happy with the Aquactinics TX5. Its just a 5 bulb but good individual reflectors and they are arranged in a slight arc.

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Old 10/17/2009, 12:06 PM   #8
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The AquaticLife fixture is underrated imo. I've got an unidentified acro growing nicely 24" under my 4x54 in my 90 with two of the stock bulbs still in. Built-in fans, timer, etc. Apparently the reflectors, ballast and fans are good, which is the important part since the rest can be replaced. As a bonus, it comes with the legs.

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