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Old 03-02-2013, 04:34 AM   #1
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Anyone Use LAshop.com before?


http://www.thelashop.com/aquarium-light/

Came across this site tonight and hadn't seen it before. Does anyone have any experience with their products because everything seems surprisingly affordable. Granted, they don't seem to be name brand products but hey, you never know!

Thanks for any input!
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This fixture actually looks pretty awesome:

http://www.thelashop.com/fish-tank-a...l#.UTGPfzCkqQk
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It looks like this fixture. Cheaper at Amazon, but everyone of those reviews looks fake and "planted" to me. 2 of the 6 have written 2 reviews. The rest have only written a review for this item. I wouldn't trust the reviews.

Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: 36" 156w Aquarium Light T5 Ho Hood Reef Cichlid Saltwater Lunar Leds 4x39 6500k Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: 36" 156w Aquarium Light T5 Ho Hood Reef Cichlid Saltwater Lunar Leds 4x39 6500k

Just remember that you get what you pay for. That fixture probably has really cheap Chinese made ballasts. The power of any fixture is really in the ballast, the reflectors and the bulbs.

I would get a Catalina made with individual reflectors and replace the bulbs with Giesemann bulbs. Those ballasts have a 5 year warranty and they are premium ballasts which give good power to the bulbs.
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It looks like this fixture. Cheaper at Amazon, but everyone of those reviews looks fake and "planted" to me. 2 of the 6 have written 2 reviews. The rest have only written a review for this item. I wouldn't trust the reviews.

Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: 36" 156w Aquarium Light T5 Ho Hood Reef Cichlid Saltwater Lunar Leds 4x39 6500k

Just remember that you get what you pay for. That fixture probably has really cheap Chinese made ballasts. The power of any fixture is really in the ballast, the reflectors and the bulbs.

I would get a Catalina made with individual reflectors and replace the bulbs with Giesemann bulbs. Those ballasts have a 5 year warranty and they are premium ballasts which give good power to the bulbs.
Awesome thanks for the suggestion. What are your thoughts on LED's for a planted 40B? I was looking at this aqueon or a finnex Ray2.
Aqueon LED Aquarium Light Fixture, 36-Inch:Amazon:Pet Supplies Aqueon LED Aquarium Light Fixture, 36-Inch:Amazon:Pet Supplies
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That link didn't pull up anything but I think the Aqueon fixtures are all general use, not for plants. You need 6500k to 8000k. Some people are using Finnex Rays, but it's hard to get the correct PAR because they are not adjustable. Also they are not the best LEDs. LEDs for plants are really not prime time yet. Unless you want to spend BIG bucks. Even then they may be too powerful for what you need.

If you are trying to go economy and get good results your best bet is to get a T5HO Catalina fixture and buy Geisemann bulbs. Right now you can't get much better bang for your buck. Catalina can make you any thing you need and it's made here in the USA, so you support people and a business here.

I would Spend money on good ballasts and reflectors. That's what it's all about...and bulbs. Good ballasts will supply appropriate power to the bulbs to actually achieve HO. Inferior ballasts will say they're HO, but they don't come close. I would stay away from cheap Chinese fixtures because they use inferior ballasts, which often fail. Catalina's ballasts are also easily replaceable. They also have a 5 year warranty. Most Chinese fixtures have 1 year, if that.

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