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01-18-2007 01:40 PM
turbomkt Actually, I'd go with a Workhorse 7 for that. Fulham recommends it for 2x55W, so I would assume the same for 2x65.

Also, it's worth looking around locally. I found a place on the way home from work that has Fulham Workhorse for $22 or less.
01-18-2007 04:56 AM
epicfish Yep. With 1 cord/switch that turns both bulbs on, a cheap $20-$25 Workhorse 5 ballast will work fine.
01-18-2007 04:50 AM
crazy loaches No, they have 1 cord and 1 switch. I havent had a look into mine to see any more details though.

BTW, I am not bashing them myself, but yes they have caught fire before, and its been mentioned they arent UL listed and damages wont be covered by fire insurance. I dont know if thats true, it was someones post. Odyssea was previously Jebo, and they were the ones with the bad rap, not sure if anything changed since switching hands. Check out this thread for several examples of failure, and 1 unit that caught fire (link to pics too) http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/li...bo-cheapo.html
01-18-2007 01:45 AM
epicfish For 2x65w PC, you can use a $20-$25 Worhorse 5 ballast to drive both bulbs.

Do you have one or two power cords/light switches?
01-18-2007 01:30 AM
Aqua_Horn
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Originally Posted by Rex Grigg View Post
Call Kim at AH Supply. I'm sure he can help you with a decent ballast.
Thanks, I will call Kim and see what they say.
01-18-2007 01:26 AM
Aqua_Horn
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Lets not jump to conclusions, I am guessing this is not a cheap ebay fixture (though it could be). Aqua Horn will have to clarify that, but I recognized the 45g... I have an Odyssea 45g bowfront tank system and it was far from 'cheap'. I think the LFS original price was $459, I got it on clearence as a display model. I didnt know anyhting about Odyssea at the time and the tank looked simply stunning, I would not have suspected it was of inferior quality. The tank has curved glass, with no front seams (1 piece glass with rounded corners), built in filtration, built in lighting, and matched stand. However, after having it in operation for a while, the tank is the only thing I like (the stand is ok too). The built in filtration is poor and I scrapped it. I have heard (since I bought it) that the light fixtures are practically a fire hazard seing how so many of them have litteraly caught fire, and some have led to house fires. IMO there should be a class action lawsuite or something. I am really wondering if I should pull the ballasts and swap em before having problems.
I have the same one. The seamless bowfront glass is what drew me to the tank. From what I have heard and read after I bought the Odyssea is that the components are junk, althought the LFS advised that they have never had any issues with the components. A year later, I found out that they had a several issues with certain lots of the ballasts failing (not catching on fire - just going out). In fact they had to replace mine when I first got it - they provided a small warranty. The second one worked well for a year before it charred itself.

Have you heard that the whole lighting systems are fire hazzards or just the ballasts?

At this point I don't know what my options are.
a) Do I replace the whole lighting kit with one of those AHS kits? Is that even possible with a molded plastic hood?
b) Do I just replace the ballast? Is there some particular ballast I need?
01-17-2007 09:14 PM
epicfish LGHT, I might need one too. =P
01-17-2007 05:47 PM
LGHT If you need a new ballest I have a couple of GE ones that I got in a lot buy and only needed 2 so have 2 spare. I'll give it to you for cheap since i'll probably never use it.
01-17-2007 05:24 PM
crazy loaches Lets not jump to conclusions, I am guessing this is not a cheap ebay fixture (though it could be). Aqua Horn will have to clarify that, but I recognized the 45g... I have an Odyssea 45g bowfront tank system and it was far from 'cheap'. I think the LFS original price was $459, I got it on clearence as a display model. I didnt know anyhting about Odyssea at the time and the tank looked simply stunning, I would not have suspected it was of inferior quality. The tank has curved glass, with no front seams (1 piece glass with rounded corners), built in filtration, built in lighting, and matched stand. However, after having it in operation for a while, the tank is the only thing I like (the stand is ok too). The built in filtration is poor and I scrapped it. I have heard (since I bought it) that the light fixtures are practically a fire hazard seing how so many of them have litteraly caught fire, and some have led to house fires. IMO there should be a class action lawsuite or something. I am really wondering if I should pull the ballasts and swap em before having problems.
01-17-2007 04:25 AM
Rex Grigg Call Kim at AH Supply. I'm sure he can help you with a decent ballast.
01-17-2007 12:30 AM
Finch_man I said from ebay, but I didn't blame ebay for the ballast not working, you Idiot.
01-17-2007 12:26 AM
Finch_man I said from ebay, but I didn't say it was ebay fraught for the ballast not working idiot.
01-16-2007 02:38 PM
attack11
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Not to sound mean, but thats why you shouldn't buy cheap lighting from ebay and from cheap lighting system.
like ebay has anything to do with that ballast failing. gonna blame china next?
01-16-2007 04:09 AM
mahamotorworks You can always retro fit an AH kit into the hood. There are a lot of DIY options out there.

MAHA
01-16-2007 03:01 AM
Storm_Rider i know oddyssea isn't the best, but i've never personally associated it with cheap quality.. hmm.. maybe its time to re-evaluate
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