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Old 03-15-2004, 11:20 PM   #1
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CHOICE 1
http://www.jbjlighting.com/sys_formosa_dx.html

The light I am talking about is the Formosa DX-JB3 48" 65 W (4 bulbs - (2) 10K DAYLIGHT/(2) 7100K BLUE) found on the above site, but his only has 2 fans instead of 3.

An aquintance of mines friend offered to sell the light unit complete with (2) 10K DAYLIGHT/(2) 7100K BLUE with stands and 2 extra 10K DAYLIGHT bulbs for $175.
It had been used for a month and then he decided to go with the 90 gallon tank so needs to sell it...

The questions I have about this light is:

1) Will this light fixture be good for a hevily 55 Gallon planted tank?
2) Does this light fixture go from dusk to dawn?
3) Is it worth the 175 or is there something out there better

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http://i2.ebayimg.com/01/i/00/fc/a1/58_1.JPG

My aquintance friend also has a NEW ORBITZ model 48" Deluxe Power Compact Fan Cooled Hood with Moon-Lite from the company who took over Custom Sea Life Line... It also come with This unit comes with 4 65watt bulbs for a total of 260 watts. There are 2 10,000K Daylight Bulbs and 2 Actinic Bulbs. It also has 4 Moon-Lites and stand and legs and he also gives a year warranty....

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"This unit comes with 4 65watt bulbs for a total of 260 watts. There are 2 10,000K Daylight Bulbs and 2 Actinic Bulbs. It also has 4 Moon-Lites. This gives your aquarium a true to life light cycle. This unit has built in Electronic Ballast, German Mirror Reflector, Marine Grade ABS lunar housing which is corrosion resistant, Acrylic Splash Lens, Independent Power Cords and Switches for the dawn/dusk effect. It can be used with timers for this effect. It also has redesigned ball bearing fan, which will give silent operation. This light also comes with corrosion resistant end caps which allow the bulbs to easily snap into place. The measurements of this hood are 48.25"L x 8.25"W x 4.5"H. This unit can be placed right on your aquarium. "

PRICE he wants is 235

1) Will this light fixture be good for a hevily 55 Gallon planted tank?
2) Does this light fixture go from dusk to dawn?
3) Is it worth the 235 or is there something out there better


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Which you think is the best though also
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Old 03-16-2004, 01:24 AM   #2
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I'm confused about what to buy too. The JBJ have a cool flip top legs, it's optional and costs extra. And the CSL have the moonlight. So when Current USA took over, they redesign the fans? If you're looking for lower prices, try the Satellite model of Current USA. It only comes with two moonlight instead of four.
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Old 03-16-2004, 02:12 AM   #3
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i'm having the same difficulty setting up a 75g.

How about the 48" Coralife Aqualight Dual Linear Strip
(260W Total) 4X 65W $205.00
http://www.marineandreef.com/shoppro...aqualight.html
I already own a Coralife on my 20g and really like it.
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Old 03-16-2004, 03:08 AM   #4
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This guy have pretty good prices on the Current USA products: http://jcaquatics.com/page4.html
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Old 03-16-2004, 06:18 PM   #5
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Coralife just came out with a 265 watt aqualight with 3 built in moon lights. I think they are only sold with the 10,000k and actinic bulbs. I saw the add in a magazine and the light looks pretty sweet, it is black instead of aluminum colored.
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How much do those new coralife lights run for and also out of the 2 lihgts I mentioned above which is the best to get?

I am for some reason leaning to the moonlite
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Old 03-16-2004, 06:45 PM   #7
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a dealer just told me the freshwater version of that "Lunar" aqualight should be available in about 3 weeks.

Very cool, freshwater plant bulbs and moon lights.
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Old 03-16-2004, 07:33 PM   #8
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http://www.jbjlighting.com/sys_formosa_dx.html

The light I am talking about is the Formosa DX-JB3 48" 65 W (4 bulbs - (2) 10K DAYLIGHT/(2) 7100K BLUE)

1) Will this light fixture be good for a hevily 55 Gallon planted tank?
2) Does this light fixture go from dusk to dawn?
3) Is it worth the 175 or is there something out there better

I have a JBJ 36" 192w on my 46g. I bought mine with 2x6700K bulbs, so I did not have to spend any extra money to replace the actinics. I would think that it would be fine for a 55g, so long as you had the CO2 and ferts to keep up with the thing. Better get out your scissors.

I'm not sure what you mean by dusk to dawn... The fixture has independent on/off switches and plugs, so it is possible to have the two lights on two different timers. But there is no dimming option. I don't know if there is a better light because this is the only CF fixture I own. I would think that 2 fans would be plenty. Three seems like overkill to me (why add more noise if you don't need it?).

I have to admit, the moonlite model is tempting. But at the time I was in the market for my light, they did not offer that model with 6700K bulbs.
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Where did you guys get the info on the new coralife fixtures??

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momotaro, i'm assuming you're asking about the "lunar" aqualight.

Here is a link to the REEF version, the freshwater is not mentioned but this dealer told me he thought Coralife should have a freshwater version sometime (he did not say when, i was confused when i mentioned before that it might be 3 weeks)

http://www.marineandreef.com/shoppro...aqualight.html
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The 384 watt aqualight plus looks interesting, imagine 384 watts over a 4 foot tank! In the magazine add there were also aqualight moon lights that came with clips.
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Thats it. You would just bump out the actinic bulbs and replace with appropriate plant bulbs.

I am thinking of a new fixture. the JBJ just doesn't fit on my oceanic. it is short be about 1 1/2".

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momotaro, put your jbj on ebay. there is a one month used jbj there right now with flip stands and extra set of bulbs selling for almost the price of a new one.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...%3AIT&rd=1
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