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Old 02-24-2010, 06:50 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Default Re: Your opinion on T5HO Coralife vs. AquaticLife fixtures?

I have the Coralife fixture and I am quite happy with it. Instant on and no sound that I can pickup.

I found it at a local shop at a good price and the guy had no problem swapping out the bulbs for the freshwater ones I needed. They sell them eventually anyway so no big deal. Might be the way to go even if you spend a bit more on the fixture so you don't have to spend more on another pair of bulbs.
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Old 02-25-2010, 12:02 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I was in the same pickle as you awhile ago but mine was between the two different 48". I went with the CoralLife, I liked the look of it better since they were almost exactly the same spec wise. You can always change out the bulbs so whatever ones come with it shouldn't be to big of a deal. Plus mine came in a separate box so if I need to change them I could have just brought them to any pet store and exchanged them.

Theres no noise with the CoralLife. Although after about a week mine was working properly so I had to open it up and wiggle some wires since it seemed like everything was just crammed in there. But its working fine now on my timer.
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Default Re: Your opinion on T5HO Coralife vs. AquaticLife fixtures?

Thanks so much for the replies!

I'm thinking about also getting a 24" now, since its looking like the current 1x65w CF one that was over my 20H tank might need a new ballast, and by the time I get that, I'm halfway to a new fixture anyhow, and the more I read, the more I REALLY like the idea of HO T5's.

Good to know the Coralife ones are quiet, too! And Eric, that's neat that your LFS guy let you swap out the bulbs.

And Default, interesting that they come in a separate box... I thought they'd be IN the fixture.

Thanks folks!
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T5HO bulbs are going to put you well into the realm of "High light"... in your 1st post you state that this is for a "low tech" tank... if the tank is indeed low tech, you want low light. The ONLY way to get low light levels over your 30g tank while using T5HO bulbs is to hang the light fixture 30"+ above the tank.
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if you decide to go with a catalina give them a call and tell them you were refered from the forum and they will most likelly give you a good deal. also, if you want it to hand, you can ask them to build them with the pieces to hang too, (i didnt know )
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Default Re: Your opinion on T5HO Coralife vs. AquaticLife fixtures?

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T5HO bulbs are going to put you well into the realm of "High light"... in your 1st post you state that this is for a "low tech" tank... if the tank is indeed low tech, you want low light. The ONLY way to get low light levels over your 30g tank while using T5HO bulbs is to hang the light fixture 30"+ above the tank.
Oh, I'm not looking at the 4-6 lamp banks of lights .... I'm looking at just 2x 39w over a 30 gallon. That would put me in the range of 2.6 wpg (although that measure is not so useful these days). And I'm aware that the HO T5's are going to put out more usable light, and the efficiency is a big plus. The 30 g has a bit more vertical depth than my smaller tanks, which is another reason I'm looking for the extra light.

I've been running various forms of "low tech" for about 20 years now, and like to experiment a bit. I've actually had remarkably good luck getting a low tech tank settled in under low light conditions (about 4-6 months), then bumping the light up a good bit and putting in some more light-hungry plants. This has allowed me to grow a wider variety of plants than one would normally classify as "low tech". My glosso stays nice and close to the substrate, Bylxa japonica is nice and lush (and starting to pup). Nearly 2 months ago, I bumped up my 20H from a single CF 65w to a dual-65w fixture (but with no real reflectors to speak of, and an intolerably loud fan) and added some Hydrotriche hottoniiflora (a "high light" plant). It is growing well, branching and full (love that plant's look behind a "black" Echinodorus!). Just did my first trim & replant to expand the group.

So, I appreciate the words of caution, but this seems to be a method which works for me.
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if you decide to go with a catalina give them a call and tell them you were refered from the forum and they will most likelly give you a good deal. also, if you want it to hand, you can ask them to build them with the pieces to hang too, (i didnt know )
Hey Damian, nice to "see" you again!

Thanks for the tip about calling Catalina - I did email a question and asked for some picts of reflectors, and they were really quick with a thorough response. I'm starting the research for the fixture well before I'm ready for it, so I'm not under pressure to make a quick decision, and any "good deal" would be a help, as this will be a bit of a splurge.

No, this fixture won't be hanging, 'tho I love the look of hanging fixtures, even those hanging from the curved-bar attach-on-the-back setups. Very sexy. I think I saw one on one of Aaron's mineralized soil substrate threads, and came across a DIY thread for that as well (Nikolay's perhaps?). Hmmm... now you've got me thinking... how to persuade hubby to take on the hanging-light brackets as a DIY project?

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Old 03-12-2010, 01:48 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Default Re: Your opinion on T5HO Coralife vs. AquaticLife fixtures?

i have a few aquaticlife fixtures....
they are nice well made no fans
yes the 650nm bulb is a rosette buld so its pink
i cannot say much more as im not running those tanks yet
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