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peejlitos 03-24-2006 11:21 PM

Is this a good setup?
I'm looking at buying the Nova extreme t5 w/ lunar lights.I want to get the 36 inch w/ four 39watt bulbs for my 46gal bow front.I'm planning on swapping out the bulbs for four 6700K bulbs or two 6700k bulbs and two 10,000k bulbs.This would put @ about 3.4 wpg..i'm looking for opinions on this..has anybody had good experience w/ this fixture..would i even use the lunar light too...??I dont want to go w/ the coralife aqualight double because that would put me @ 4.1 wpg.I"m not really looking for a high light tank.What do you guys think?I've also been thinking about getting the oceanic power compact fixture w/ two 55 watt bulbs for 110 watts which would be about 2.4 wpg...what do you guys think? Thanks

riverrat 03-25-2006 01:05 AM

IMHO both of these setups would be high light. I have never heard anything bad about either of companys. Maybe if you don't mind building a canopy for the tank you could check out and make something custom.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Hang in there because I know there are a few 46 bowfront people that participate in this forum with nice tanks. I am sure they will have input when they see your post.


Canoe2Can 03-25-2006 09:17 PM

Doesn't seem that many folks have experience with the Nova. I bought one about a month ago, and I like it. It seems well constructed, good features. But I haven't used it over a tank yet. I'm still getting that part of the equation together.

I bought mine from Foster & Smith, good price. As for the bulbs, I went with 2 x 6.7K and 2 x 10K. It looks alright, but I wanted to go with the 10K and 2 Planta tubes. If you can find those, I've heard nothing but good about them.

peejlitos 03-29-2006 03:44 AM

your not using it over a tank?what are you using it on?anyway..i appreciate the input guys...i think i'm going to go w/ this setup.does anyone have pictures of what it would look like lighting up the tank?

jmelnek 03-29-2006 02:00 PM

I am running a 96w compact coralife fixture over my 46g bowfront. I can grow any moss/java fern/crypt with ease. Swords grow great along with any medium light demanding plant. Reds are tough to bring out with only 2wpg, but maintainence is easy.

Canoe2Can 03-29-2006 02:55 PM


Originally Posted by peejlitos
your not using it over a tank?what are you using it on?

Right now I'm using it in a box. Or rather, not using it in a box. Tank came in to the store yesterday, now I just need to find time to go get it, and a pair of hands willing to help carry it in.

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