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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-10-2004, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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The tank's a 20 gallon, I think a 20g "high". It's ~24" across if that helps, I'd have to check on the other dimensions. Anyways, I have to get a lighting system for it. The fish are going to be dwarf puffers. I want the best lighting system I can get for under $80.

Here are the systems I've been looking at. I don't really know all that much about lighting, just that I need ~3wpg.

110w Jebo on eBay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...95749&rd=1

Coralife Aqualight 1 x 65W: https://secure.bigalsonline.com/cata...oduct_id=29549

Current USA Satellite 65 Watt Power Compact Fixture-Single Strip W/Lunar Light: https://secure.bigalsonline.com/cata...oduct_id=29597

Customsealife SmartLite Power Compact Strip- 24": https://secure.bigalsonline.com/cata...oduct_id=24039

All-Glass Compact Fluorescent Strip Light- 24 55Watt: https://secure.bigalsonline.com/cata...oduct_id=24071

Thanks! Help me decide! If you have another suggestion, let me know.
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I bought the Coralife 65w for my tank off ebay a few months back.Never had a problem and it puts out enough light at 3+ wpg for a 20g tank.It's got a nice looking design as well.

When i was shopping around I didn't see anything that came close to the value of this light.Sure there is better lights with nice features like JBL but your going to pay significantly more for those brands.

Even a retro fit kit like the AHsupply (which are very good) cost nearly as much as the coralife.Except you get no hood and I doubt most people can build one as nice as the one coralife has.

The one bad thing I could think of with the Coralife is that it's not UL listed.

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Coralife all the way. Jebo's are cheaply made. Never even heard of current usa, CSL has gone out of business, and All-glass is ok, but the reflector is not that great.


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I have 2 Jebo lights on my 90 gal. I love em. They are the best bang for your buck. They have alot of the same features as more expensive lights and have good reflectors. 110wJebo vs 65wcorallife or 55wCSL
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Could I pretty much plant anything I wanted in a tank with 3.25wpg (Coralife)? Are there any downsides to having a tank with 5.5wpg (Jebo)? Such as algae growth, high CO2 necessary, fish stress, etc?

Basically, I'm just looking for good looking light (color etc) and the ability to have plants with 'high' lighting requirements.

The "Current USA" light is intriguing to me because it "...contains 1 SunPaq SmartPaq bulb and 1 Lunar Light. The Lunar Light is a small LED which sits in the fixture above the bulb. The SmartPaq Lamp is a combo bulb comprised of 10,000K and 460nm Actinic. It produces 3 times the output of standard fluorescent bulbs and has double the life (12 months). This model comes with only one switch." Should I avoid Current USA because it's not proven? Or does anybody have experience with them?

What exactly is the purpose of actinic light? Would actinic light be beneficial in a planted freshwater tank? It looks like its between the Current USA light, the Jebo 110, and the Coralife, with a lean towards coralife. BTW, what's "UL listed?"
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Actinics are good for growing coral but not for plants. As a general rule stick with Kelvin Temps in the 5000-10000 range for dedent plant growth. The moonlight is cool, but you can get that cheaply or make one yourself. I got a twin LED moonlight shipped for around $25. I would not judge a light by wether it has a moonlight or not, but thats just me.
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From the google search define "UL Listed"

UL grants this form of approval to equipment that will be user installed or operated and that is found to meet the safety requirements of the applicable UL standards. If a product is UL Listed, then it must be marked with the UL insignia. UL Recognized - This is a form of formal approval granted by UL to devices that are not used as free standing equipment on their own, but are to be installed into some other system by a manufacturer, electrician, or possibly by an end user. Examples of UL Recognized equipment are wall switches, wire connectors, wires, fuses, and circuit breakers.
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I can throw in a positive recommendation for the coralife. Ive got that same 24" fixture, and its been great for me. I like the aluminum exterior, and an acrylic cover over the bulb housing to protect from spashes if you run an open top tank.
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Is 3.25wpg enough to plant almost any plant I would want? Can I have plants that are listed as "high" light requirement plants?
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http://www.hellolights.com/241xcofraq1x.html - Coralife 65w hood with 6500K bulb - $64.95 + shipping. I can personally vouche for the customer service at HelloLights.
3.25wpg should be enough for any plant, but a 20gallon tank may not be big enuf for some of those plants
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