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Old 08-23-2012, 04:36 PM   #16
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Keep in mind, there are no 30" bulbs. 30" fixtures are just 24" bulbs with reflectors.
Really? While not fully 30", my bulbs are definitely longer than 24".

At 28", that means there's a 1" gap on both ends of my 30" tank. That 1" gap on both ends is perfect since I really don't want the bulbs shining on the edges of the tank itself.



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Old 08-23-2012, 04:39 PM   #17
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Just like you, I am struggling with finding a light for my 20 long. A T5NO light is what I absolutely need. I am literally stopped dead in my build because I cannot find one. Everything is T5HO and even with the leg extensions, it is just way too much light. I hope someone can point us to a reliable 30" T5NO fixture appropriate for a low-tech planted tank. I wonder if a shorter length fixture would work - 24" maybe?

I had everything setup but the light. I tried it on a lower rack with short tanks and realized this probably won't fit space on the upper rack with the taller tanks. Right now just running some lamps with bulbs. I am kinda leaning just getting a marineland double bright for the size I need since I have one on a 10 gallon and i know what I would be getting.
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Old 08-23-2012, 04:49 PM   #18
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Old 08-23-2012, 04:56 PM   #19
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Looking at three lamps now I think will work.

Coralife Aqualight Dual Linear Strip T5 Aquarium Lighting Fixture: $47.52
http://www.amazon.com/Coralife-05609...qualight+30%22

Coralife Aqualight T5 Freshwater Dual Lamp Fixture: $51.58
http://www.amazon.com/Coralife-05618...qualight+30%22

Marineland ML Double Bright LED Light $71.99
http://www.amazon.com/Marineland-Dou...d+doublebright

What are the differences in the two Coralife fixtures?

Decisions Decisions.
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:16 PM   #20
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Make sure you get the Coralife marked for "Freshwater". That's the exact fixture I'm using (I actually have three of them). I very much recommend this fixture.

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Looking at three lamps now I think will work.

Coralife Aqualight Dual Linear Strip T5 Aquarium Lighting Fixture
http://www.amazon.com/Coralife-05609...qualight+30%22
This is for saltwater and reef tanks. It's the same fixture as the one below, but with different bulbs so you'd have to replace the bulbs for a planted tank. Don't get this one.

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Coralife Aqualight T5 Freshwater Dual Lamp Fixture
http://www.amazon.com/Coralife-05618...qualight+30%22
This is the one. It's the same fixture starrlamia linked to above. This is what I've been using for years and very highly recommend it.

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http://www.amazon.com/Marineland-Dou...d+doublebright
I know nothing about it so can't comment on this one.
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:40 PM   #21
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Thanks... Went with the 30" Freshwater.
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Double thanks!! Ditto on the freshwater dual for coralife. Finally done.
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Old 08-23-2012, 06:26 PM   #23
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Yay! I actually got mine by having someone point it out for me in the same way. That was over 5 years ago. Just paying it forward.
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Make sure you get the Coralife marked for "Freshwater". That's the exact fixture I'm using (I actually have three of them). I very much recommend this fixture.


This is for saltwater and reef tanks. It's the same fixture as the one below, but with different bulbs so you'd have to replace the bulbs for a planted tank. Don't get this one.



This is the one. It's the same fixture starrlamia linked to above. This is what I've been using for years and very highly recommend it.

I know nothing about it so can't comment on this one.
Thanks Complexity. - This helps me as well out a fixture for my 20L also. I have a few questions because the amazon add doesn't say much...

What type of bulbs come with this fixture? watt K rating etc. - Some guy commented on a review "This particular fixture comes with the 10,000k and a 6700k bulbs" is this true?

Does this fixture have legs or do I need to hang mount from the ceiling?
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My light came in today. Can't wait to see it on the tank.
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Thanks Complexity. - This helps me as well out a fixture for my 20L also. I have a few questions because the amazon add doesn't say much...

What type of bulbs come with this fixture? watt K rating etc. - Some guy commented on a review "This particular fixture comes with the 10,000k and a 6700k bulbs" is this true?

Does this fixture have legs or do I need to hang mount from the ceiling?
It looks like a 6,700k and Colormax bulb.
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It looks like a 6,700k and Colormax bulb.
This is correct for the Coralifes. Let's see some pics!
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I should have taken some when I had it out, on lunch, back working now.
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Thanks Complexity. - This helps me as well out a fixture for my 20L also. I have a few questions because the amazon add doesn't say much...

What type of bulbs come with this fixture? watt K rating etc. - Some guy commented on a review "This particular fixture comes with the 10,000k and a 6700k bulbs" is this true?

Does this fixture have legs or do I need to hang mount from the ceiling?
Others have noted the bulbs, but here's also the watt info:

18 watt ColorMax full-spectrum T5NO fluorescent lamp
18 watt 6700K plant T5NO fluorescent lamp

The fixture is designed to sit directly on top of the tank. It only has small wire extensions on the sides that slide out so you can rest the fixture across the length of the tank. The fixture on one of my 29g tanks uses these extensions since the tank is open top (I have a canopy over the tank and light) while the other 29g sits on top of the glass versa-top lid. If you'd prefer to hang it from the ceiling, it would probably be pretty easy to drill the casing to add eye screws for hanging.
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Others have noted the bulbs, but here's also the watt info:

18 watt ColorMax full-spectrum T5NO fluorescent lamp
18 watt 6700K plant T5NO fluorescent lamp

The fixture is designed to sit directly on top of the tank. It only has small wire extensions on the sides that slide out so you can rest the fixture across the length of the tank. The fixture on one of my 29g tanks uses these extensions since the tank is open top (I have a canopy over the tank and light) while the other 29g sits on top of the glass versa-top lid. If you'd prefer to hang it from the ceiling, it would probably be pretty easy to drill the casing to add eye screws for hanging.
Cool, I see the picture of it in your tank journal. Very nice.
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