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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-02-2003, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all, this is my first post here. I am setting up my first aquarium, a 90 gal. planted tank. My wife and I don't particularly care for the bulky look of a canopy and were considering going with aqualight for a streamlined look. Would love some feedback on the pros and cons. One concern we have is the tank is located in our family room and since there is a gap between the tank and light it seems that there might be glare from the light. Is it necessary to use the plastic clips or is there another, lower way to mount it?
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Could you post some links to pictures of the Aqualight? I'm not familiar with it.

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There is a thread here or on one other forum that I frequent that gives Hellolights a very bad rap. If you want a pre-built fixture check out the lights at www.aquabotanic.com They come with plant bulbs and are very nice lights. Very low profile.
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I ordered something from hellolights just last week and it went well.Maybe I lucked out but figured I'd give my experience.Also You can get those aqualights with a plant bulb included on ebay.I got a 65w version for cheap.I think it was $48 if my memory is working today.It works perfectly for my needs on my 20g tank.




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Ummm I don't know about this one. As Rex said, that thread sure stirred something...

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I ABSOLUTELY love the guys at hellolights. They are a few bucks more expensive than AHSupply, but their service and shipping speed kick butt.
my first order came fast, but one bulb was shattered, despite the extreme amount of protective packaging they used (stupid FedEx handling). I called them, and they shipped a replacement bulb the same day and made FedEx picked the damaged bulb.
I ordered a coralife hood from them also, and it came quickly and undamaged.

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I have the coralife fixtures on legs over 2 tanks and there is some spillage, but I don't think it's all that bad.
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Thanks for all the responses!
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I have a 26 gallon long acrylic tank (36L x 10W x 16D). I'm considering purchasing the Coralife aqualights but not sure which one. I noticed that they sell the 36'' 1x96watt single strip lights. That would put it edge to edge with my aquarium. If I were to purchase the mounting legs, would that fit on top of my aquarium? Otherwise, I'd have to purchase the 24" 2x65W.

One other thing. Would that be too much light? total of 130W over a 26 gallon long tank.

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Are you going to be using co2 Rafael?
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I have a 26 gallon long acrylic tank (36L x 10W x 16D). I'm considering purchasing the Coralife aqualights but not sure which one. I noticed that they sell the 36'' 1x96watt single strip lights. That would put it edge to edge with my aquarium. If I were to purchase the mounting legs, would that fit on top of my aquarium? Otherwise, I'd have to purchase the 24" 2x65W.

One other thing. Would that be too much light? total of 130W over a 26 gallon long tank.

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That is 5 wpg! Hope you like algae. I would look for something with a lot less watts.

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From what I understand you should be aiming for 100Watt on that tank.

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Thanks for the replies! Yeah Im going to use DIY CO2 for it. I know..5W/gallon sounds like a high maintenance tank.. Now I'm considering the 36" 96W fixture. I hope that it fits (w/ the mounting legs) with my tank (36L x 10W x 16D). My concern now is that, would I be able to grow foreground plants like glosso and hairgrass or any other bright light plants?

Also, Does anyone know how strong the wattage is per gallon for it to be considered very bright? is 3.5W/gallon considered bright?

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