View Full Version : upgrading lighting

01-21-2005, 08:15 PM
I want to change the bulbs in my stock flourecents but I am stuck on a couple that I want to get. I want new bulbs because the stock ones look dull and washed out. The fish in the tank are 7 yellow labs, 3 acei, and 5 Metriaclima sp. "Msobo". I narrowed the choices down to Power-Glo, Coralife 10,000K, Zoo Med Ocean Sun 10,000K, Coralife 50/50, Zoo Med Reef Sun 50/50. Can you explain some of these for me and help me narrow down my choices. I know some are intended for marine use, but it says they can be used for African Cichlids.

01-21-2005, 10:48 PM
My fish store was nice this week. They let me take home three bulbs. I took a Zoo Med Ocean Sun 10000, Reef Sun 50/50, and Ultra Sun.
My tank is 90 gallons with one bulb - a four footer.
The Reef 50/50 was a nice color but too weak for a tank my size. If I had two lamps there, one would be a 50/50. The Ocean Sun and Ultra were similar but Ocean a bit brighter so I went with it. I returned the others.

01-22-2005, 07:16 AM
Those were the main two I can't decide between. I like zoo-med bulbs because I have them on my planted tank. They are good quality and last a long time. Any way my tank is a 55 gallon with two 18 in. lights. Do you think the 50/50 would be bright enough? It also said the ocean provides a deep water effect. which do you think will look better in my tank?

01-23-2005, 12:59 AM
I have a Reef Sun 50/50 - 48" on my four foot long 45 gallon. It is fine for me but thirty six inches of light doesn't seem like a lot for a 55 gallon. I would go with two Ocean Sun 10,000 or may be one Ocean Sun and one 50/50. The one of each idea would be good if one is in front and one in back but if they are left and right it may look weird.