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Old 09-03-2011, 03:52 PM   #1
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15 inch led board aquarium fixture catalina


hey everyone i was wondering if anyone has had any luck with this LED fixture? or if not could anyone suggest some alternatives

http://www.catalinaaquarium.com/stor...oducts_id=1633
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Old 09-03-2011, 04:26 PM   #2
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eh, I have no experience with it but it looks like it is not dimmable so i think it would be super overkill.. more for a reef tank. No word on optics either so if you raised it up to work with your plants, it may be shining all over the place and in your eyes.
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That LED light uses old low power LEDs, which are very inefficient compared to the newer high powered ones. And, it is very expensive for what it can do. As much as I like Catalina, I think they took the wrong path here.
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sooo overpowered inefficiency?
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Old 09-03-2011, 07:00 PM   #5
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Overpriced, not necessarily underpowered. I would look into 1W to 3W LED diodes, a lot more power and efficiency.
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Overpriced, not necessarily underpowered. I would look into 1W to 3W LED diodes, a lot more power and efficiency.
any suggestions?
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What's you tank size(dimension preferred) and what are you keeping?
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well its for a 140g 96x14x24 LxWXH and hopefully a big bed of dwarf hairgrass
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well its for a 140g 96x14x24 LxWXH and hopefully a big bed of dwarf hairgrass
I'd just get two or three 70watt MHs and hang them about 2-3 feet above the tank for that. If you go the LED route it's going to be prohibitively expensive and on top of that you're going to need a fixture with decent optics to penetrate that deep. In other words unless you're going to drop about 600 dollars on a premade fixture that you may not even use to its full potential you are better off going with a bank of T5s, MHs or build your own LED set (still probably around 300-400)
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I'd just get two or three 70watt MHs and hang them about 2-3 feet above the tank for that. If you go the LED route it's going to be prohibitively expensive and on top of that you're going to need a fixture with decent optics to penetrate that deep. In other words unless you're going to drop about 600 dollars on a premade fixture that you may not even use to its full potential you are better off going with a bank of T5s, MHs or build your own LED set (still probably around 300-400)
you've been incredible help thanks! i think im going to go with http://www.catalinaaquarium.com/stor...oducts_id=1423

im still a little hesitant to pay what they're asking for shipping...it seems a bit steep
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You certainly don't need a 4 bulb T5HO light to get good lighting on a 24 inch high tank. A 2 bulb fixture sitting on top of the tank would give you around 60 or so micromols of PAR which is more than enough light.
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You certainly don't need a 4 bulb T5HO light to get good lighting on a 24 inch high tank. A 2 bulb fixture sitting on top of the tank would give you around 60 or so micromols of PAR which is more than enough light.
Better to over do it and then dial back then buy an under powered fixture and then have to buy supplemental lighting imo.

Also his tank is 96" long he's going to either need two 48" bulbs in a chain or get a 72" fixture from somewhere like home depot. Not very convenient at all...
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Better to over do it and then dial back then buy an under powered fixture and then have to buy supplemental lighting imo.

Also his tank is 96" long he's going to either need two 48" bulbs in a chain or get a 72" fixture from somewhere like home depot. Not very convenient at all...
Of course he would need to use two 4 foot long lights. Even a 6 foot tank is better with two 3 foot long lights. Shipping 6-8 foot long lights and bulbs is a major pain. And, finding bulbs for them is much harder too.

It isn't better to over do it, then you are forever wasting electricity, and having to hang the light above the tank whether you want to or not. Of course, anyone is entitled to use whatever lights fit their needs best. All we can do here is offer options and pros and cons.
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Probably I don't understand your post right.

How many of this you are planning on adding?
http://www.catalinaaquarium.com/stor...oducts_id=1423

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How many of this you are are planning on adding?
http://www.catalinaaquarium.com/stor...oducts_id=1633

Neither product can cover your 96" length with just one pcs-the T5 one seems too high powered for your application(no over shadowing plants) and the LED is plainly a wrong product.

Have you look at the Grand Slam yet? 60W LED 48" arrange in bar 1 straight row; 80 degree lens. There is freshwater specific ones too. 2 pcs seem to fit for your tank perfectly.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/5175109...57626054771511
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