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|03-06-2011 12:17 AM|
|Dave-H||A lot of those stores had worse conditions than the big box stores ever have. Let's not romanticize those old mom and pop stores too much - some of them were pretty awful|
|03-05-2011 10:34 PM|
|02-24-2011 02:32 AM|
lf l ever buy another fixture i'm going to go with catalina's leds. I like it when a company is willing to try new things and branch out with new ideas(t5's with led's). l'm just waiting for the right fixture for plant growth and decent looking to come out(something like the ada solar series). So far 6.5 and 8k seem to be my favorite. Ecoxotic has the 8k which i'm very happy about but no fixture just modules. They are pricey for 100$ each but if you got the money and buy enough it's going to be a very nice fixture. Currently i'm using 3 shimmer modules on a 2.5g to grow hc and it's doing very nice. l didn't see any 36" of this version:
but i'm pretty sure he could make it custom made for me.
This fixture is another one I liked:
Too bad l can't read german or this one would be interesting to get:
|02-23-2011 10:21 PM|
|Dave-H||What kind of price range are we talking about for the Catalina custom LEDs? I'm just curious what kind of ball-park it would be to make a triangular LED setup for a corner tank - 54 gallons looking for good medium light. Could you take a guess?|
|02-23-2011 10:18 PM|
Originally Posted by dhavoc View Post
He made 2 hoods for planted tanks, his are 6.5K I believe, they had nice color at the shop, but till you see it and use it yourself, hard to tell if you/plants will like the color.
I might have him make a nice retro system all mounted on a custom piece of metal I might have made.
Then add a custom transformer dimmable driver for each of the 3 color types, red, white and blue. This should give me the ultimate lighting for the tank, aesthetics to boot, and high efficiency.
|02-23-2011 10:15 PM|
Real $$$$ at first, then later....much less.
|02-23-2011 05:51 AM|
i have both the double bright and the new reef capable one. i got them to test on low light tanks. they are ok for that use, however, the whites are 10k but tend to wash out colors, and the blue are plain useless for planted tanks. you get major spot light effects with the reef capable one as well. it would be an easy engineering fix to modify the fixture with combo 10k and 6.5k whites for fw sales.
I would love to try CA led fixtures if they are designed for fw planted tanks. all the mass produced fixtures i have seen so far are salty oriented and not very good for our market (not a DIY guy, so making my own is out of the question). i have many of their t5ho fixtures so the quality and customer service is there. cant wait.
|02-22-2011 08:56 PM|
I came back to this hobby after a 15 year break, and wonder where all the LFS has gone, only to be replaced by Petsmart and Petco everywhere.
|02-22-2011 08:53 PM|
|02-22-2011 04:08 PM|
Originally Posted by Dave-H View Post
2. How do you know it was risk free to me. Did you see what I signed?
|02-22-2011 03:55 PM|
Originally Posted by houseofcards View Post
What do you expect from a huge company like that?
|02-22-2011 03:49 PM|
|02-22-2011 03:41 PM|
Jim was nice and offered freebies for the local club etc.
I have no issues helping out such folks. Petsmart?
Nope, they and other large chains have killed off a few LFS's, without helping the hobby with knowledge or local clubs.
Maybe I'm more a farmer's market type of guy.
Buy local, stay local etc. But larger does not have to be worse also, if done right.
|02-22-2011 03:30 PM|
|plantbrain||Jim from Catalina called me and has built the LED's specific for planted tanks, we just need to measure the PAR and then we will post the data.|
|02-22-2011 02:25 PM|
Marineland has released their LED fixtures to Petsmart local stores.
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