I have a bit of a dilema, and I could use some input.
I currently have over my 20 long an odyssea t5ho fixture. I am aware of the brand's reputation, and had planned on it being temporary. The bulbs in it are now about 9 months old, and I've started to get bluegreen algae, so I am pretty sure it is time to replace them. However, in looking at the price of bulbs, it seems that they are almost as expensive as getting a new fixture. So I've been looking at LEDs.
So far, I've found 3 fixtures that look like they would be similar to the amount of light I have now, and would fit within my budget.
Finnex Fugeray - I've read really good reviews on this fixture, though when reading up on other fixtures, it seems that fewer higher wattage LEDs are usually recommended over higher quantity but smaller wattage LEDs. Also, this would probably lower the PAR on my tank a bit.
Marineland Double Bright- I've read mixed reviews on this fixture, but looks like it produces decent low-medium light.
No-name chinese fixture with 27 1watt LEDs - I couldn't find any PAR data on this one, but it looks similar to the marineland double bright, but with more than twice the LEDs, of the same wattage.
So, would you replace the t5ho bulbs, cheaper for now, but possible more expensive in the long run (especially if it catches fire
) or would you go with a new LED fixture, and which one?