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http://www.hellolights.com/361xcofraq1x.html

Am thinking of getting the above system for my 20-gal long, which is 30" long. I am thinking, it could work if I add the legs also by Coralife, which they claimed will work on tanks smaller than that size. Anyone with this product experience please lend me some word of wisdom.

On second thought, would I be better off with a 30" 65-W Satellite instead?

Anything pertaining to the above two systems will be greatly appreciated! This is sorta urgent since I will be setting a new 20-gal long and am looking for lighting system.

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Forgot to ask; how long is the 96W bulb for the 36"Coralife? I would imagine it be less than 36", right? If it is around 32-33" then it would be perfect for the 20-gal long, whereas the Satellite 30" one has bulb that is less than that length. As gnat had said, the extra light spillage from the 96W could cover another small tank. Thanks for the input, guys! Now, more, more, more!!!(again, thanks alot, people)


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You guys are the best! Thanks, y'all! Yeah, I also think the single 65-W should be sufficient for me, and by that I mean to grow even the high light plants. One thing I like about the 20-gal long is that it has the same depth as the 10-gal, which means in terms of light penetration, it's about the same. Now I just have to decide which brand to go with. Yeah, I did see the Coralife 30" one, but that was 2X65W, not the single. Is there a store that do sell the single 30" Coralife? If not then I will go with the single Satellite 30". I already have a 24" Satellite so I can at least attest to this brand's quality. But any other opinions are definitely welcomed! You guys are helping me so much! I won't commence with the rescape until next week the earliest since it has to do with rearranging part of my house. Everything has to go together and match. The neverending house chores, people! I need some moment of peace:p

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Best reflector, simply. I built a hood for my 29-gal, and bought their reflectors and bulbs. Everything looks and works great. DIY diagram is very easy to follow. It's all up to you. Their bulbs come in a variety of K readings, while most planted lighting system's bulbs are just 6,500K, like the Coralife planted light I got...which is great, too! But some people just don't like the spectrum around that range, so AHS provides more choice. I got the 5000K and 6500K from them. I think a combo of diff K bulbs work real nicely, rather than a hood with identical K bulbs, at least for me.



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