Aqualight Deluxe Series
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > Specific Aspects of a Planted Tank > Lighting


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-13-2005, 05:38 AM   #1
bc_hawaii
Algae Grower
 
bc_hawaii's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Hawaii
Posts: 79
Default

Aqualight Deluxe Series


Hi,

I found an auction for an "Aqualight Deluxe Series PC 96W 36" and am interested in buying it. Is this a good light? How will it do with my 30 gallon?

Also, how does it compare to the 30" 2-65W Aqualight, it's a little more expensive, but maybe it's worth it?

EDIT: Here's the item:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...30576&tc=photo

Thanks,
BC
bc_hawaii is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 05-13-2005, 05:41 AM   #2
bc_hawaii
Algae Grower
 
bc_hawaii's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Hawaii
Posts: 79
Default

Sorry, one last question... How does the light fixture mentioned above compare to this one: (Formosa 36" 96W)

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tem=4379761756
bc_hawaii is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-13-2005, 06:45 AM   #3
Pearljam11
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Pearljam11's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: IL, near St.Louis
Posts: 314
Default

I've had nothing but great experiences with coralife products in general, including aqualights, Ive owned 2 36' 192w fixtures and 1 48' 2x65 fixture, 2 of which I still own ( had to sell one to pay for books =| )

anyhow... assuming your 30 gallon is 36 inches , the 96w fixture will work well

I dont think a 30 inch fixture would even fit on a 30g tank
__________________
Jay - equal opportunity filter employer member #1 !!!
----------------------------
12 gal nanocube minireef
30 gal Planted community
55 gal central american cichlid
46 gal Planted in development
Pearljam11 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-25-2005, 08:08 AM   #4
bc_hawaii
Algae Grower
 
bc_hawaii's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Hawaii
Posts: 79
Default

After some emailing and finding out total costs this is what I've come up with:

Aqualight (Coralife) 36" 96W Fixture ($104) +
Aqualight Adjustable Mounting Legs ($21) = $125.00

VERSUS

JBJ Formosa 36" 96 W Fixture and Flip-Top Mounting Legs = $123.00

Pretty much the same price.... Which do you think is the better deal and why should I get a particular one?

Thanks for all the help!

BC
bc_hawaii is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-25-2005, 08:27 AM   #5
Anthony
Wannabe Guru
 
Anthony's Avatar
 
PTrader: (10/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Covington, LA.
Posts: 1,072
Default

I prefer the look of the JBJ myself. My friend pruchased an aqualight and I didn't like the reflector it had.
__________________
40 gallon SeaClear Acrylic, 192 watt Orbit Lunar PC, Filstar XP2, Filstar XP1, JBJ Regulator, Rhinox 5000 glass co2 diffusor, 9 watt UV sterilizer, Hydor Inline Heater, Pool Filter Sand substrate
Filstar pimp #53

How comes shoppings so stupid, looks at all this stuff I haves, what do I do's with it.
Anthony is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-25-2005, 12:31 PM   #6
Rex Grigg
Planted Tank Guru
 
Rex Grigg's Avatar
 
PTrader: (65/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Portland Orygun
Posts: 9,600
Send a message via ICQ to Rex Grigg Send a message via AIM to Rex Grigg
Default

Make sure that either light comes with a bulb suitable for a planted tank. Otherwise you will be out around $30-$40 more to get the right bulb.
Rex Grigg is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-25-2005, 12:56 PM   #7
BiscuitSlayer
Planted Tank Guru
 
BiscuitSlayer's Avatar
 
PTrader: (9/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Acworth, GA
Posts: 2,365
Default

Rex is right. Make sure that it is a freshwater aqualight. They come with 6700K bulbs.
BiscuitSlayer is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-25-2005, 03:47 PM   #8
malkore
Planted Tank Guru
 
malkore's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Lincoln, NE
Posts: 2,165
Default

Well, Hellolights.com has the 36" 96w coralife with a plant bulb for $83 plus shipping

http://hellolights.com/361xcofraq1x.html
$7 for the mounting legs. I know their shipping won't be $17.95 like that ebay auction, and I can vouche for hellolight's customer service, and speeding processing time.
__________________
Malkore
Filstar XP2 PIMP #3
Visit my aquarium pages - see specs on my tanks, and photos of how they've evolved
malkore is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-25-2005, 05:35 PM   #9
joan
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Coquitlam, BC
Posts: 363
Default

One thing to consider with the Double Linear Strip Coralife fixtures, like the 2x65w, is they have built in cooling fans. Since you're in Hawaii, that might be a very desirable feature. If your tank is 36" long, that 2x65 isn't going to work on your tank. The similar 36" fixture is a 2x96w, I believe. I believe the JBJ fixture has built in cooling fans. I'd take this in to consideration when making your purchase.

You can compare the various Coralife products at their company website: http://www.esuweb.com/ Edit: Oh, and like Rex said, make sure these fixtures have the right bulbs. For the Coralife fixtures you want to make sure you are purchasing the Freshwater Aqualight Deluxe Series, otherwise you're going to end up with bulbs that need replacing.

I have the 24" 2x65w fixture and I'm very happy with it. If I had ready access to the JBJ lights I'd definitely consider them though.
joan is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-25-2005, 08:02 PM   #10
bc_hawaii
Algae Grower
 
bc_hawaii's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Hawaii
Posts: 79
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by malkore
Well, Hellolights.com has the 36" 96w coralife with a plant bulb for $83 plus shipping

http://hellolights.com/361xcofraq1x.html
$7 for the mounting legs. I know their shipping won't be $17.95 like that ebay auction, and I can vouche for hellolight's customer service, and speeding processing time.

Thanks for the replies... Yes, I'll make sure to get teh freshwater bulbs, on the auctions they give you a choice of either a 50/50 or 6700K.

I'm looking at the adjustable CL legs, cause many have said the regular ones are brittle and break easily. Still undecided...Hmm...
bc_hawaii is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-27-2005, 06:47 PM   #11
Talonstorm
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 112
Default

I just got one of the Formosa fixtures with the flip top legs for my 55 gallon, it is much more convenient than my other tanks where I have to take the light off to work in the tank. Just an opinion.

Tina
Talonstorm is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 01:01 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012