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apples and apples.
whichever is cheaper including legs would be best.
I've owned both brands and they are both fine.
Cm, you don't need to start a thread for every
question. just keep one thread going and you
will still get whatever attention you need.
 

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I agree with you, I am starting too many threads. I'm just a bit antzy right now.
I'll only be starting threads if it is really needed from now on. :wink:

Thanks to everyone on the boards for the help,
I am making great progress solely because of the wonderful
advice you guys have given me :wink:

Spypet, your LED Project is unbelievably creative, nice work
I might try it myself :smile:
 

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chaz, no need to be alarmed.
I've been writing to Cm since he joined,
and he's essentially been asking the same
core question across many different threads.

Personally, I like when people ask questions
in old threads dealing with a current issue.
that way at least we know they have at
least tried to help themselves first...
 

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Hey hey hey there buddy... I have been doing my fair share of research
(I'm a newb, there is a lot to learn), and I come to you guys for the expert
opinions and confirmation of my findings, you should be flattered... ;)
 

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Is there a difference between 10,000k bulbs and 6,700k bulbs, because the coralife has 6,700k, and that is the one I think I am getting. Is the 10,000k better?
 

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Both 10K and 6,700 will grow plants JUST FINE! Some people prefer how one looks over another though. The 6,700 will look more yellowish and the 10K has a bluer hue to it. A combination of the two for people who have two bulbs over their tank looks the best, IMO.

Don't you worry about starting too many threads. We're here to help, and that's what a forum is for :)
 

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One other thing to consider -

Straight pin bulbs and replacement ballasts are way easier to come by than the square pin ballasts and bulbs of the Current-USA products.

You can replace straight pin ballasts with Workhorse ballasts that are cheap and abundant (you can buy them at most Marine LFS).

Square pin ballasts are only sold by SunPark and are available - but I always worry "for how much longer?". Will they one day disappear?

Something to think about.
 

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Square pin ballasts are only sold by SunPark and are available - but I always worry "for how much longer?". Will they one day disappear? Something to think about.
I think you are creating a concern where there really is none.
if anything, square pin bulbs are increasing in popularity and availability.
straight or square has nothing to do with the ballast, only the bulb connector,
so any ballast maker can do a square pin should his customers want it.
besides, for $2 bucks you can get a square=straight adapter and all the
fixtures I've seen have plenty of wiggle room if an adapter is ever needed.
SunPark has a patent on square pin; they certainly are not enforcing it,
and patents are worthless unless you spend the money on an army of
International Lawyers to enforce them...
 

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The 6700K bulb in the Coralife Freshwater Aqualight is a true planted tank bulb and it doesn't need to be changed. If you want legs; get the Aqualight Plus legs. They're stronger than the regular Aqualight legs.

The Satellite comes with a SmartPaq 10,000K/460nm bulb that is a saltwater water bulb. It needs to be changed for planted tank use and this will add to the cost. The 10,000K part of the bulb is fine for growing plants but the 460nm is of little use to freshwater planted use. It's for corals.CURRENT WHAT'S NEXT

There are several options for replacing the 65w square pin bulb:
6700K - Current and Coralife
10,000K - Current and Coralife
6700K/10,000K - Current
Colormax/6700K - Coralife
8800K - I believe it's an Custom Sealife bulb that's still available in a few places.

My favorites are the:
6700K/10,000K - Current
Colormax/6700K - Coralife
8800K
 

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Ok, I need some confirmation before I go wasting my money. I'm going to list my "near future" tank statistics, and the plants I am going to grow, and I need you guys to tell me EXACTLY what will work and what won't. Ok, here it is

Tank Stats: 29 Gallon - Fluorite Substrate - Standard CO2 - 65 Watt Coralife - and supplements including flourish and fert tablets. 2.24 WPG

Plants: Limnophila Aromatica - Cyperus Helferi - Rotala Hippuris - Rotala Mac. Green - Pogostemon Stellata - Rosaefolia - Java Fern - Beckettii - Micro Sword - Dwarf Hairgrass - Blyxa

So please confirm with me on which plants will work, and which won't. Oh, and what about Ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata 'Cuba' -AND- Ludwigia glandulosa

Please be thorough and try to answer the entire question. Thank you :smile:
 

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I didn't see any mention that you got the Freshwater Aqualight. I thought you were still thinking about the Satellite which comes with a saltwater bulb.
 

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Yeah, for when I order it, I know I am going to order it if it is suitable enough for the plants you see. :red_mouth
 
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