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Old 03-31-2006, 04:27 AM   #1
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2x36w compact or 1x96w compact??? need help


Besides the fact that the latter has more watts, is there any benefit for doing one over the other of these light strips? (They're retrofit kits from AH supply)

The only problem with the 96 watt is that the bulbs are more expensive, but somehow AH supply's are $33 when everyone else is $50. however, I don't want to limit myself to one supplier for future replacement bulbs.

Any comments would be great!

Tank is 46bow, have a few plants like java fern & moss, and anachris (not going to heavily plant, and not doing CO2)

THANKS!!!
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Old 03-31-2006, 04:40 AM   #2
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I have a 96 w aqualight quad tube .
a few problems i see with it is restrike thats when the light bounces off the reflector and passes thru the tube this limits the light belive it or not the light reduction is significant.
another probem i see with that light is its a quad tube if the bulb fails i belive all the tubes will go out i you use two 36 w bulbs if one fails youll still have one till you get a replacement also if the 2x36 is on seperate ballest you can put them on seperate timers and do a dawn dusk simulation
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Old 03-31-2006, 04:52 AM   #3
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ya, I thought about the separate timers, but on the 2x36, the lights would be end to end, so that would mean left or right side lit. The 1x96 is a 34" bulb that would fit over the width of my 46Gal bowfront.

I'm just hesitant in getting the greater watts because I don't want to do CO2. And 96watts puts me at 2.09watts/gal (not adjusting for substrate) and AHsupply's reflectors are so efficient, which might make it even higher.

I did find DrFosters&Smith had their 96watts on sale for $32, reg $42.

If anyone else has a comment please do so! I still don't know which one to do.
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Old 03-31-2006, 05:06 AM   #4
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8800k 96 watt bulbs are on sale at marine depot. Best color temp out there.
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Old 03-31-2006, 05:07 AM   #5
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The advantage of the two 36 watt lights is that you can space them a bit apart and effectively have a longer light strip for better coverage of the tank. The advantage of the 96 watt kit is that you are more likely to be satisfied with the 96 watts than the 72 watts over a 46 gallon tank. Another option is two 55 watt lights, which I use over 29 gallons, and it is not too much light. The 55 watt lights could be staggered in the canopy so as to get good coverage of the whole tank.
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Old 03-31-2006, 05:18 AM   #6
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Thanks for the input. I'm thinking I should go with the 96watts. I can't do the 55 watt option cause the hood wouldn't fit them width wise, but that's a good idea.

I'm such an indecisive person, I need to just pick one a go with it! Hopefully I won't change my mind, and I will purchase the 96watt kit tomorrow!

ThANKS!
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Old 04-01-2006, 03:19 PM   #7
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I bought the 96, hopefully I can install it okay and it worrks well!
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If you can drill a couple of holes, use a screwdriver, and connect a few wires with wirenuts, you can install it. It is a very satisfying experience.
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