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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-23-2012, 03:49 AM Thread Starter
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ADA 60-P Lighting

So right now I am theorizing on getting this... iconic tank.
I would have gotten the Solar II set. But then I got this:
Solar II - 349.99 (Okay. The light effing looks sexy. Its worth it.)
Stand - 249.99 (WTF???!! How can you charge me this much for something I can DIY myself for 20 bucks!? Ridiculous)
Garden Stand Attachment - 76.99 (This is amazing. They want me to pay over 75 dollars for something that should be included into it. That is required. And its separate. How much money do they want? It is NOT worth it for some lights. Hell no.)

So SCREW ADA lighting. I don't get how they can charge this much.
I look around AFA for the Archea lighting - muchas cheaper looks good. And then the clamp-on LEDs. I like those but they are for "nano" tanks. I noticed ADAs idea is different from mine (<20G versus <9G) on nano tank sizes. -,-
So I was wondering, will 2 of these fixtures do? For growing carpet plants with CO2.

If not, can I have some help finding good lighting for under 200 dollars for the ADA 60-P.
Amazing though, charging 680 dollars for lighting a dang 17.4 gallon. My god.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-23-2012, 03:58 AM
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You can try the fishneedit 70W metal halide.. costs just over $100.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-23-2012, 04:16 AM Thread Starter
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Do I need somewhere to hang it from?
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-23-2012, 08:20 AM
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You can DIY a light bar, it's very easy to do and the finished product is pretty clean. Fasten it to your stand with conduit clamps. You can either bend a single piece with a conduit bender, or use street elbows to connect two smaller pieces. Check out Jason Baliban's website for how-to's:
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-24-2012, 04:08 PM
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I use a Catalina 2x24, and had them put separate switches so I can put each bulb on a separate timer, I think I paid $110. I bent a light bar out of conduit for super cheap.
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