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48 INCH 3 X 54 T5 PLANTED AQUARIUM HOOD WITH SPLASHGUARD  $169.99  $148.99 
by Steve Eagle Date Added: Tuesday 19 June, 2012
I cannot say enough good things about this light. I had been looking for a 48" T5 H0 fixture for my new 80g planted tank. I didn't want a massively powerful four bulb fixture, but I couldn't find any decent two bulb fixtures with enough wattage either. Catalina's 3x54W light was the perfect compromise for me. Its independent two switch configuration allow you to have one, two or three bulbs on at a time, perfect for developing plant growth during the day and cutting back to a less intense light at night. I went with all 6500K bulbs and am perfectly happy with the light color and output.

The price for this light is a steal, IMO. You're getting an extremely solid aluminum enclosure, two built in ballasts, 3 bulbs (any combination of the many T5 varieties), high quality reflectors, a splash guard, and the flexibility to install on the tank, with or without glass tops. There is nothing on Amazon at this price point that gives you all that.

Finally, the turnaround time from Catalina was amazingly fast. I ordered it on a Wednesday evening and it was at my door Monday morning. Considering they assemble these individually, I am very impressed.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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