Aquarium & Tropical Fish Site
Tropical Fish Forums
Aquarium fishkeeping around the world!
 
ChatChat  HelpHelp   Search BoardSearch Board   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups 
 ProfileProfile   Check your private messagesCheck your private messages   Log inLog in   RegisterRegister 
Lights opinion [Hamliton vs. Aquatics | $400+(!)]
 Forum Index > Marine Equipment and Chemistry  Reply to topic   Post new topic
Author Message
salty150galgal
New Members


Joined: 15 May 2005

PostPosted: 2009.12.06(Sun)13:29    Post subject: Lights opinion [Hamliton vs. Aquatics | $400+(!)] Reply with quote

Decided to buy one 72" fixture T5 florescent lights to replace two (very old!) 36" standard t8 florescent fixtures (which sit on the glass canopy).
Goal: Venture into low-light corals with replacement lighting.
Currently: 125 gallon (72x18x24) Fish only*, live rock tank.

I think the Hamilton Technology 'Seychelle Sun' would be a better value because 80 watt lamps will probably produce more effective light than 39 watt bulbs (my tank: 24" depth).
Cost = $420-ish (350 + $60 S&H + tax). 320 watts (four 80 watt bulbs)
Yet, AquaticLife brand includes lunar lights. 320 watts (eight 39 watt bulbs), Cost = $450 (free S&H). I think replacing bulbs could be more expensive (than Seychelle Sun fixture's bulbs) in the long run.

Anyone offer Product Experience/Opinions regarding Aquatics quality vs. Hamilton products? I don't know who makes the Aquatics. I like the idea that Hamilton is custom-made (upon order) in the good ole USA - but I the best quality for the cost (value!).

Though my intuition/intelligence tells me to go with Hamilton, any feedback is appreciated. I guess I just need validation before committing to spending $400. (My non-aquarium keeping peers/family wouldn't be able to give me this)

*naso tang, powder blue tang, two perculas, coral angel fish, various snails
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
FloridaBoy
Moderators


Joined: 04 Jul 2004

PostPosted: 2009.12.09(Wed)20:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sorry, I have no experience with those...
just a few links from my archives below...


LIGHTING FOR REEF TANKS
Successful lighting depends on what type of animals are you planning for your reef...
(soft corals only? or sps? tridacnas? Bubble tip anemone? etc., etc.) you need to match the requirements of the animals you intend to keep. Two areas you need to understand are spectrum and intensity... your research will lead to success, here are a couple of links that will help you...

http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2002-08/dw/index.php
http://www.wetwebmedia.com/marlgtganthony.htm
http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2007/3/aafeature1/view?searchterm=lighting
http://saltaquarium.about.com/cs/lighting/a/aa031300.htm
http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2002/2/aafeature/view
_________________
Keepin' marines happy for 25 years
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
 Forum Index > Marine Equipment and Chemistry All times are GMT - 6 Hours Reply to topic   Post new topic
Jump to:  
  You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2008 phpBB Group

oF <=> oC in <=> cm G <=> L