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Very high light for 20 long

Okay, so obviously my Catalina T5HO is not enough light as I want. It can't really get colors out of my plants (even rotala rotundifolia it seems) and some carper plants have difficulty growing. What's a good light fixture to get very high light for my tank, preferably one that I don't have to hang?


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Re: Very high light for 20 long

What about another catalina fixture with 4 t5ho bulbs?

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Re: Very high light for 20 long

Also I don't know how high your lights are hung above your tank, so this might not be any help but have you tried lowering your lights closer to the surface of the water? I'm also already assuming you have a dual bulb fixture.

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No, it's one bulb. 2 bulb just seems too expensive.


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Re: Very high light for 20 long

Oh. Lower the light.

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Oh. Lower the light.

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You don't think I would have tried that before considering replacing it?


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Hello ThatGuyWithTheFish,

what PAR are you looking to achieve?
what is your budget?

With answers to those two questions, you should be able to begin to narrow you search.

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No, it's one bulb. 2 bulb just seems too expensive.
If you can't afford a 2 bulb then you're probably REMOVED.

The lower LEDs were only slightly cheaper than a 2 bulb last time I looked, if you wanted high light it'd be even more.



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Very high light for 20 long

20 long a true t5ho with decent reflector should
Be good enough but get a cheap dual t5ho and you'll be set
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Hello ThatGuyWithTheFish,

what PAR are you looking to achieve?
what is your budget?

With answers to those two questions, you should be able to begin to narrow you search.

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Enough par for red plants, so very high light. And under $100, I think.

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If you can't afford a 2 bulb then you're probably REMOVED.

The lower LEDs were only slightly cheaper than a 2 bulb last time I looked, if you wanted high light it'd be even more.



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Well, I mean a 2 bulb Catalina. I don't really want to hang it, unless I absolutely have to.

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20 long a true t5ho with decent reflector should
Be good enough but get a cheap dual t5ho and you'll be set
But isn't the one I have now a T5HO with a very good reflector? In fact, I was told that I'd have to hang it several inches above the tank!


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Very high light for 20 long

Does the reflector look parabolic? For example google
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You don't think I would have tried that before considering replacing it?
Don't know, you gave hardly any information.

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Look at the Odyssea fixtures.

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Finnex Ray 2? Looks like it's between 75 and 80 PAR at 12" depth.

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Well, can anyone give suggestions from experience, and not speculation? Because the last time I bought a fixture because someone told me it would be enough "PAR" I ended up with this...


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