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Upgrading Light on standard 75 gallon

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by unseenone00, May 6, 2012.

  1. unseenone00

    unseenone00 Junior Poster

    May 5, 2012
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    First off I'm new to these forums so--- Hello!!!

    Right now I have a 72 gallon bow front, dry ferts, Pressurized Co2 with inline reactor, and a 48" Odyssea quad T5HO fixture. I got a 36" Current USA TrueLumen Pro LED strip that I added onto the fixture.

    I plan to get a standard 75g for a bit more width for aquascaping and also 2" shallower will help get more light on the plants (Going to use the 72 for my 9" ghost knife)

    I knew beforehand that this fixture was not going to be that strong but I wasn't planning the high tech setup then. Now I want to upgrade but I wasn't sure what to go with. I had been looking at the Aquaray Grobeam LEDs, ATI T5HO fixtures, or even more recently- looking at maybe just getting a new ballast for the odyssea fixture.

    Can anyone recommend one or the other with some good reasons? The new ballast looks to be the cheapest route but how hard is it to replace a ballast in a fixture of a different brand? Also can anyone recommend a good brand/ballast for it?

    I want to be able to pull out red in a rotala, and get a good carpet to spread (HC, dwarf hairgrass or Microsword-mauritiana)
    The carpet will roughly be 1.5" off the bottom of the tank and the rotala roughly 3.5-5"

    Thanks in advance lol

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