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View Poll Results: How much did you spend on your lighting system.
$0-$20 2 1.87%
$21-$40 5 4.67%
$41-$60 9 8.41%
$61-$80 16 14.95%
$81-100 10 9.35%
$101 and up 72 67.29%
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post #16 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-02-2006, 08:09 PM
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Rex... you didn't put enough ranges in your poll. some of us with bigger tanks have spent a lot more.

I considered making my own at first becuase almost everything I saw didn't look like what I wanted. Then, after reading the horror stories about overdriving lights, I knew I didn't want to go there. I like my house and I like my stuff too much to risk it.

I wanted something that looked really space age, hi tech, and would hang from a vaulted ceiling without looking cheezy like a shop light. So, yeah, I spent a lot.

On my 120 gallon show tank in my living room. I spent around $600 for my Giesemann setup including bulbs and extra hardware (got some nice chrome stuff from a commercial retail store display supply shop).

I was looking at the corallife lights that clamp on the back too. 2 250 Watters... But I'm really happy with the 600 watt light setup I have now. It gives me about 5 watts per gallon. I needed that since I've got a deep 120 show tank instead of a 120 long. I think with the shallower long tank I could have gotten away with less watts per gallon. But I like the look of the deeper tank better (lots of depth when looking at it from the front, so I can have tall and short plants arranged in some cool ways). And I've got the light to reach the bottom of the tank for my short plants.
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post #17 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-02-2006, 08:22 PM
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$1 per watt.
$3.25 price per gallon.
3.25 watts per gallon lighting.
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post #18 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-02-2006, 08:26 PM
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I am unable to really relate to typical WPG because I use the following

150w (3x30w) 6,500k Compact Halogen
20w 50/50 NO (Just for color)

My best guess would be (not counting the 50/50) just over 2 WPG going by what information I have about the bulbs, comparison of incandescent vs Fluorescent, incadescent vs Halogen and the height I have them over the tank. Testing in still in progress.

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post #19 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-02-2006, 08:45 PM
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10 Gallon tank w/ 23 Watt CF bulb/fixture $15 $1.53 per watt to get 2.3 WPG

20 Gallon Long w/ 55+13 Watt AHS Bright Kits about $80 $1.17 per watt to get 3.4 WPG

38 Gallon W/ 96 Watt Bright Kit about $105 $1.07 per watt to get 2.5 WPG

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post #20 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-02-2006, 08:59 PM
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main tank, 29gallon with 130w coralife light.

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Originally Posted by Kayakbabe
"Rex... you didn't put enough ranges in your poll. some of us with bigger tanks have spent a lot more. . . "
Yeah, but it's really a good way to compare apples to oranges by totaling everything up and then dividing to get how much an individual has spent per gallon. You could put all of this into some sort of a chart too, to approximate how much is spent "per gallon" on for instance, a low-light setup, medium, and high light set-up. I've got 4wpg which is considered on the high end and at 5 bucks per gallon that seems to be coming in about right. Several folks with moderate lighting seem to be in the 2-3 dollar range.

Course you have to toss out those folks who have gotten "incredible deals" . . .


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post #22 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-02-2006, 09:40 PM
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Gee all I can say is that over in the states you guys get lighting much cheaper then us here in Australia.

I had to pay $1100.00 on AquaOne fixture and that was cheap for here! A better example of this is the standard shopfitting M/H lights. I see tregularly you guys can get them for about $50 US dollars! We have to pay between $200 - $250 Aus dollars for ours.
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post #23 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-03-2006, 04:03 AM
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AH Supply 4x55Watt Kit including bulbs and shipping - $215.95

That works out to $2.39 per gallon on my 90 Gallon. Well worth every penny!

Does this have something to do with the "good for a chuckle" thread in the General Category?

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I have 65w over a 20 gallon that cost about $65. So $3.25/gallon.
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36" 4x39watt Tek T5 fixture with 4 Giesemann midday bulbs. - $303 shipped.

Still need to spend another 30 on the cable hangers though

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I spent 29.99 on my mini aqualight for my 2.5 gallon
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post #27 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-03-2006, 06:28 AM
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$100 for lights
102 watts over 30 gallon
$3.33 per gallon / 3.4 watts per gallon

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130 watt coralife fixture for $120 (or around there) over 29g.
= $4.13 per gallon to get 4.48 w/g

That's the main tank.

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post #29 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-03-2006, 08:28 PM
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Tek was around $270 with cable hangers from hydroponics place (included lamps) so $3/gallon on a 90G and 2.4 watts/g although I really think its more like 3.2 watts/gallon.

One AH Supply 55watt around $75 with box I built on a 26 gallon so about $2.88 per gallon.

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post #30 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-03-2006, 09:11 PM
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About $120 for 110w over 29g

So that makes it 1.10/ watt and 3.8wpg so 4.13/gallon


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