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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-01-2004, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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Please bear with me for another "what's the best light..." question. I know they get repetetive and tiring, but us newbies to c.f. lighting REALLY need all the help we can get from experts like you. It's GREATLY appreciated!

I want everyone's opinion on the BEST 48" c.f. fixture to sit on top of my new 100g (60" long) planted tank. I don't have a co2 unit yet, it will be purchased somewhere down the road, though.
I'm considering JBJ, Aqualight, Jebo (this would be the 60" fixture). And I have some questions: Does the Coralife Aqualight come in black? Which brand has the quietest fans (important!)? Where are the best prices? Do I want to use 6500k plant lights, or 10,000k lights, or what? Is 260 watts enough? What else do I need to know?
Many thanks in advance!

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30g= cories, platies, platy fry, ghost shrimp.
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I've heard that Coralife comes out with a new casing but never seen it myself.

I don't have other except Coralife so can't compare the noise

6500K-6700K is white light with green or yellow tint (depends on the bulb's brands). 6700k coralife has a bit yellow tint.
10000K is white light with blue tint.
Combining both will be very nice looking.

48" fixture on 60" tank will create a slight darker region especially on the back corners (I tried with 30" fixture on 36" tank). Not too obvious but the plants realize it. You may put low light plants in the corners. I realized that some plants actually grow in an angle like growing towards the middle where the light is more intense.
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I have not seen Coralife lights with a black casing, only the silver. The Coralife fans are quieter than the JBJ, don't know about the other brands have not used them. Yes, 260 watts will be enough for a 100G tank; that will give you a little over 2.5 WPG. Try these online stores for lights, I have bought my light fixtures from all three:
http://www.bigalsonline.com/?splash_done=1
http://petsolutions.com/Default.asp?bhcd2=1080944040
http://www.marineandreef.com/
I use the 6500k CPF bulbs in my tanks.

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If you go with the Aqualight you can get the GE 9325K bulbs. Run a search on those bulbs in this forum. The coloring is great too if you mix the Coralife 6700Ks with the GEs. I have two of each in my 48" hood.

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Outkast- Why can you use the GE 9325k bulbs in the Aqualight, but not the JBJ? Is it a wattage issue? I know the JBJ I'm looking at uses 4 x 65 watt tubes. What about the 10k bulbs? Are they okay for a planted tank?

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550g pond= koi, comets/shubunkin, water lillies.
165g RES turtle pond in progress.
100g planted tank= 240 watts c.f., 1 DIY 1-gal co2 jug, platies, angels, lace gouramies, congos, black neons, otos.
30g= cories, platies, platy fry, ghost shrimp.
18g= platy fry
10g= baby RES tank- Turtlebuddy
30g= temp. adult RES tank- Myrtlemamma
20gL= temp. juv. RES tank- Tweak and Mertle
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I was speaking strictly about the Aqualight and not comparing it to the others. The GE 9325k has a 4-pin straight-pin arrangement. As long as the other fixtures are of this type then you can use this bulb also.

Don't know about the 10k. Maybe someone else can help you out.

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Wonder Woman you can run the GE 9325K bulbs in a JBJ fixture, as long as the JBJ fixture accepts straight pins.

As far as the 10000K bulbs, they are fine. I ran them for a while and did quite well with them.

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