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Old 03-08-2010, 08:42 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I luv my catalina 4x54 but only thing that blows is there legs they only have one set and they don't work good on the solar when I first got my lights this is what I got when you install them they didn't even fit on the tank right and they were WAY uneven. I called them up and told them to send me new legs after about 30mins with the heat gun I got the legs to fit on my tank great and was even.
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I never mentioned Tek lighting because I thinks it's obscene to charge $60.00 bucks for legs, something that should be included. It's like buying a car and tires(not meaning upgraded, just tires period) would be charged as an option. Anyway, my two cents.
The tek legs are really expensive but they are the same quality aluminum as the light cases. Very good legs compared to any plastic ones I have ever seen: Marineland, coralife, Jebo, etc. I use the hanging kit as I think it looks better and is much cheaper.
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The tek legs are really expensive but they are the same quality aluminum as the light cases. Very good legs compared to any plastic ones I have ever seen: Marineland, coralife, Jebo, etc. I use the hanging kit as I think it looks better and is much cheaper.
Definitely better than the plastic ones I use no doubt. But, the price is over the top. They are aluminum, not scandium or chrome moly even.
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Thanks a lot for the responses folks! Now it comes down to what kind of light should I get that's good for the plants.
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All right guys, I bought it with Jim's help (Catalina employee) So I have different lights 1 10k 1 65k 1 pg

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The legs are a bit tricky to get it in right. They will fit, you just have to jam it in.
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I wont be using any mounting of any sort, I'll be using a block of wood or something to keep it high in my acrylic hood.

$159.00 for everything. I can't wait to get it set up sometime around friday.. I am probably going to plan out a timed noon burst; I wonder which should be my burst...hmm...65K! lol
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One thing you will notice when switching from pc to t5 with proper reflector is that you will not need as much wattage. All wattage is not created equal.

The fans in the Current USA fixtures are loud!
GOSH YES - are they ever! Mine's been banished because of the noise!


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I like the Catalina so far but would like to see a closeup of the reflector.
Well, I emailed Catalina with just the same request to see the reflectors used for the HO T5s. They sent the following pictures:

Pict #1; 4x bank of lights (24" fixture) with 2x 6500K AND 2x 10,000K on (moonlights off) This is the Solar HO T5 fixture with the center ventilation panel:

Pict #2; 4x bank of lights (24" fixture) with 2x 6500K off, and 2x 10,000 on. Same housing with the ventilation panel:

Pict #3; 2x bank of lights (shown on a 2x 80w fixture, but same reflector profile, just shorter when getting the 24")


In my opinion, the ones on the 2x are a little close to the lamps themselves (parabola?) but those of you who have seen them in person please weigh in. This past weekend, my great LFS guy was installing the retrofit Hagen T5 HO GLO fixtures over his shop tanks, and the reflector was great - sort of a gull-wing, with the bulb clipped far enough away from the reflector that it really looked optimal.

So Brilliant, any other recommendations on how to translate the intensity when switching from PC to HO T5's with good reflectors? Personally, my head's swimming now, LOL!

-Jane

PS, cool, I figured out how to do the manage attachments - they're in the same order as listed above.
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