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    Cabbage Leather charlestonemt's Avatar
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    Nova Extreme Pro T-5

    Hi everyone. I just want to make sure I'm about to make the right decision before I buy something...

    48" Nova Extreme Pro fixture - 6 bulbs with the individually contoured reflector

    vs.

    48" Nova Extreme - 8 bulbs, but single reflector that's not contoured around the bulbs. However, it does include lunar lighting, which the Pro unit does not have, but I think I could rig something pretty easily in the pro unit.

    Just wanted to make sure that I would be making the right decision going with the Pro fixture. Even though it has 2 fewer bulbs (324w total) than the extreme fixture (432w total), the reflector contoured around the bulbs will direct more light into the tank even over the 8-bulb unit, right?
    Steven

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    Re: Nova Extreme Pro T-5

    Ive been doing some research on these lights lately as well, and pretty much came to the same conclusion as you, the nova extreme pro will put as much maybe even more light into the tank then the nova extreme, plus you have less bulbs to replace, less wattage = less money in the long run... i vote for the PRO!
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    Re: Nova Extreme Pro T-5

    Anyone else have or know about either of these fixtures?
    Steven

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    Re: Nova Extreme Pro T-5

    Go with the Pro. With a 75 Gal you will need more light output and the Pro will do a better job. I have read around and found out 6 bulbs is plenty for your size tank. A guy named BigJay has it on his 90 Bow. He is very happy with it.
    Nick

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    Re: Nova Extreme Pro T-5

    Here is a link we were disscussing it not long ago.

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    Re: Nova Extreme Pro T-5

    I appreciate it. I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with the extreme pro. I can always find a way to put some lunar lighting in there somewhere.
    Steven

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    Re: Nova Extreme Pro T-5

    Quote Originally Posted by charlestonemt View Post
    I appreciate it. I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with the extreme pro. I can always find a way to put some lunar lighting in there somewhere.
    I cannot find the pictures, but a guy drilled a small hole in the back and added two LEDs with Velcro and it worked perfectly.
    Nick

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    Re: Nova Extreme Pro T-5

    Quote Originally Posted by charlestonemt View Post
    I appreciate it. I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with the extreme pro. I can always find a way to put some lunar lighting in there somewhere.


    Here is an idea.
    Nick

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    Re: Nova Extreme Pro T-5

    I ordered a Nova Extreme Pro 48" 6 bulb setup in August of 2008. Less than 3 months into owning it two bulbs in a row failed to light and one of the support rails for the legs broke. Current Usa support was terrible. They wouldn't return emails or phone calls, when I finally was able to get ahold of someone they told me to contact the vendor I got it from.

    I called Marine Depot and their CS dept sent me another leg and a new ballast for the light. This worked for about three months and now the other leg is broken on the support rail, the same two bulbs placement are failing (bad ballast again) and if I have both the 10k and Actinic lights on it's started randomly tripping my GFI which means the fixture is shorting out somewhere.

    For a $400 fixture that's a lot of issues to deal with in six months, and I'm left wishing I had bought a different brand.

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    Re: Nova Extreme Pro T-5

    I assure you that you will love the Nova Extreme Pro. You can always do some DIY moonlighting. I have the same fixture you bought except mine is 36''. The only thing I do not like about it is that the fans are kindof noisy but I have gotten used to it.
    >Jason<

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    2-Occelaris Clownfish(mated)
    1-Royal Gramma

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    Pagoda Cup, Open Brain, and 12 awesome LPS frags from PEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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    Re: Nova Extreme Pro T-5

    Yup go with the nova pro and I have a tutorial here in the DIY section on how to install Moonlight LED's.
    Reefing off and on since '92

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    Re: Nova Extreme Pro T-5

    The PRO is a GO! Warning you may bleach some corals! I have the 36" on a 90gal and it does a great job, drives the light right to the bottom. Fans are a little loud.

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    Re: Nova Extreme Pro T-5

    I honestly believe that I could keep whatever I want with my Nova Pro with the exception of some of the specimens that are the most light demanding such as sebae anemones, some sps, maxima and crocea clams. If they were in the top 1/4 of my tank I think they would have enogh light to thrive.
    >Jason<

    reefing........it's an addiction........

    Here is how the tank is stocked(this will change)

    FISH

    2-Occelaris Clownfish(mated)
    1-Royal Gramma

    CORAL

    Pagoda Cup, Open Brain, and 12 awesome LPS frags from PEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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    Re: Nova Extreme Pro T-5

    Quote Originally Posted by jjohnson3 View Post
    I honestly believe that I could keep whatever I want with my Nova Pro with the exception of some of the specimens that are the most light demanding such as sebae anemones, some sps, maxima and crocea clams. If they were in the top 1/4 of my tank I think they would have enogh light to thrive.
    with the right bulbs I truely believe you can grow anything period. Ask my clam at 28"s below the light. He's been in now for I guess 4 or 5 months and growing steadily. None of the zoos on the bottom of the tank (28" deep tank) show indications of reaching for light. All are flat against the rock. SPS definetly do better when they are moved up higher in the tank but they definetly would grow anywhere in the tank.
    Reefing off and on since '92

    BigJay's Oceanic 90g bowfront chronicle

    See my pyrex products and target feeders here

    consider the source of the information you receive.

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    Re: Nova Extreme Pro T-5

    Awesome responses. I'm going to order it within the hour.
    Steven

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