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Lights opinion [Hamliton vs. Aquatics | $400+(!)]
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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
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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...

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...
Keepin' marines happy for 25 years
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