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I'm looking for some lighting suggestions for my new tank.

I've done a pretty fair amount of reading on this subject, and I feel like I am at the point where asking for suggestions would be more productive than confusing.

The plan is this:
I will create a heavily planted (both high and low light varieties) tank with CO2 injection and ferts.

I do not want to use a canopy, nor can I hang lights from my ceiling. I do not like the look of a canopy or tank top.

I would like to find one or two light fixtures that can mount safely and stably to the top of the tank, either with a leg or clamp system.

Ideally I would like to use T5 bulbs, possibly 4x39 watts...

Can anyone suggest a system/post pics of their system?

Thanks
 

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Definitely T5HO lighting.

4x39W would work well over a tank of that size.

A Current USA Nova Extreme fixture would work. I would go for a Tek lighting system. Catalina Aquarium also carries 36" T5HO fixtures.
 

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Can you get those Nova Extreme fixtures without the moon lights? Can you (or anyone) recommend a good supplier?

So many of these fixtures are sold with actinic bulbs that are useless to me... I wonder if a supplier would be willing to swap out those for 6700k ones?
 

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Depending on what fixture you want, there's quite a few places to go.

Which one are you looking for? Catalina Aquarium is willing to swap out their actinic bulbs for white bulbs for free.
 

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The catalina fixture looks exactly like coralife... what gives?
The difference opposed to Coralifes- Catalinas are made in the USA, have a Workhorse ballast, and individual polished reflectors. :thumbsup: They probably do use the same supplier for the housing, is my guess.
 

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Yeah, I got lucky - I didn't buy legs for my Catalina since I had a spare set of Coralife legs laying around. Turns out they didn't fit! *But*, Catalina included free legs for no apparent reason and all is right with the world. :)
 
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