Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Skagit County, Washington State
What kind of plants are you wanting to grow? If you want hot reds, you might want to go the 4x55 watt AH Supply route. And they have really nice wood enclosures pretty reasonably priced. But you might be advised to add some fans depending on the ambient room temp in the summer etc and adding fans is easy, but a chore just the same.
But I really think the 216 HO T5 watts on a parabolic reflector will do you fine over a 75G. Over a deeper 90G it might be pushing it. And sometimes its easier to have a light which is not ridiculously bright, regards algae anyways. Current makes quality products for sure.
My Tek only has 216 watts of HO T5s and I can grow reds fine in a 90G which is 4 inches taller, if I have the 6500 or 10000K lamps. BTW, I just talked to my LFS contact (on a new tank I just ordered) and I'm helping him figure out some options on a 240 gallon he is going to start as a planted.
He just sold the same Current light you are contemplating to a client who he said was very happy with the light. If you decide its not enough, you could sell it pretty fast on swap and shop. I bet its brighter than the JBJs because of less restrike. 4X54 watt T5s on a parabolic reflector are bright. And the JBJs and Coralifes just use a cheaper basic reflector, not a parabolic.
Three Tanks...Eheim 2128 & XP3-90G, Eheim 2128-65G, Eheim 2232-25G.... Tek 4x54 watt T5-90G, Aqualight 96watt PC 65G low tech, 65 watt Aqualight-25G.... Hydors-90G & 65G ... Flourite in 90, 65, & 25 Gallons, .... Auto Water Change/Auto dosing on 90 & 65 gallon..... AGA member......