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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-21-2012, 03:48 AM Thread Starter
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Would this be good for my tank, looking for a little more umph in lighting. ( tank is 25 gallons)
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-21-2012, 04:50 AM
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Are you running co2? I have the fixture, it is a pretty good one. The reflector is not the best, But I can grow just about any plant I wish under it being mounted 6" above the top of my 21" deep tank.
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I have the same fixture over my 36g bowfront; be very careful with photo periods or you can grow one heck of an algae culture
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-21-2012, 03:32 PM
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Excellent product. Should do well for you.

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I don't have the zoo med lighting fixture, I have the Coralife Aqualight, but I will give you my opinion.....if I had to choose my lighting all over again and go with a T5HO or regular T5NO I would buy from Catalina.....just google Catalina Aquariums and you will find it. They have good prices and from what I have read and seen, their reflectors are fantastic which is important, and I don't know about Zoo meds, but Coralife's reflectors are just like an acrylic which is polished. It is fair, but if I was going to do it again, I would take a Catalina. The fixtures are pretty easy on the wallet too for what your getting. In fact, I think I will probably end up sellilng my Coralife for one.
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I use the zoomeds and sometimes I have to turn off one of the lights cuz it is too much and algae will try and grow. So I think you will be safe. Its better and harder to underlight then too overlight.
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Thank you for fast responses, on average, how long do the lights last? I wanted this light because I have a $40 gift card for Petco.
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I replace my bulbs once per year, If you have a place to hang the light using the hanging kit included in the fixture you will be at a better position to reduce or increase the intensity as you need. I have mine hanging from the ceiling, but there are many that create DIY light bars from electrical conduit and attach them to the stand.

I removed the clear plastic thing that slides to protect the lights, it was just annoying lol. Everything else I really like about the fixture.
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i had this light for over 6 moths now. its great, using it for my 20g tank. its mounted on the brackets like 3 inches above the surface. never had any algae problems. plenty of light and the growth is great.

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Sorry to steal the thread, but how many inches above the aquarium would you guys recommend for a 12" tall tank (20 gallon L)?

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