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Hi guys. I purchased a 40 gallon breeder + stand the first day of Petco's $1 per gallon sale. I was crossing my fingers that the light fixture from my 40 long would fit it, but it's just a hair off. It kind of fits, but it sits awkwardly with one end on the inner lip of the tank and the other end on the outer rim. So I guess I'm in the market for a new light.

I've been looking on Petco and PetSmart's websites and I'm kind of overwhelmed with all the options. I have no idea which one I really would need or want for my tank. My current light is just a basic Aqueon fluorescent w/ a piece of acrylic I cut to size to fit under it. I'd like to keep the price below $75 if possible.

What do you suggest?

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Marineland Single Bright LED Lighting System

36 - 48 inches $62.99 with free shipping

http://www.amazon.com/Marineland-32999-Aquarium-Lighting-36-Inch/dp/B0045LAS3O/ref=sr_sp-btf_title_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1388646056&sr=8-4&keywords=led+aquarium+light

This is what I would recommend and the reviews are great. The price on amazon is much lower than what you would find at the big box stores

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What is the light for? Is it solely for illuminating fish or will plants be involved too? If it's the former, a simple LED fixture like the one mentioned by Yuki will suffice.

Before you buy a new fixture, does your current fixture have mounting holes? You may be able to suspend your fixture above the tank instead.

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I just purchased a Beamworks LED light from Ebay for $60 for my 40G breeder. It's 35 inches. It states it is 2400 lumen which is much more than the Marineland lights. I have not received it yet, so I cannot endorse it at this point, but the reviews I have read online seem encouraging. This is a link to the light

http://www.ebay.com/itm/111221243601?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

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What is the light for? Is it solely for illuminating fish or will plants be involved too? If it's the former, a simple LED fixture like the one mentioned by Yuki will suffice.

Before you buy a new fixture, does your current fixture have mounting holes? You may be able to suspend your fixture above the tank instead.

Just for illuminating the fish/basic light. I don't have live plants and don't plan to in the near future. I'm fairly sure the old fixture doesn't have mounting holes.

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Sounds like you could go with just about anything long/wide enough. :)

On my 40B I had a Marineland 21" hidden led light in the middle of the tank and it did an okay job. Two of the 17" ones would have done better just for length. I liked those just because I didn't have a big fixture up on top of my tank.

On my 55 I just used a cheap shop light I bought from the department store. It's strong enough to create algae, though, so I don't really care for it.

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I have the model, in the link below, on my goldfish tank and love it. It wasn't the cheapest option which is why I thought I would try the Beamworks strip. I will post a follow up when I get the new light (hopefully on Monday).

http://current-usa.com/aquarium-led-lights/satellite-freshwater-led-plus/

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I've actually got an old storefront sign that uses three 24 inch T8 bulbs that I'm using; I just removed the little plastic cover with the store name on it and replaced it with a transparent one. I need new bulbs though.

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I actually have a piece of glass with my old 20" fixture still on the 40 breeder. I like being able to have some shade in the tank. :teehee

Can't wait to see pictures of your tank with a new fixture, though. :D

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Sounds like you could go with just about anything long/wide enough. :)

On my 40B I had a Marineland 21" hidden led light in the middle of the tank and it did an okay job. Two of the 17" ones would have done better just for length. I liked those just because I didn't have a big fixture up on top of my tank.

Actually because of the lil knobby things on the end and the way the cord comes out of the other end, 2 17" lights won't fit on the 40B. Trust me, I tried. :lol2

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Sounds like you could go with just about anything long/wide enough. :)

On my 40B I had a Marineland 21" hidden led light in the middle of the tank and it did an okay job. Two of the 17" ones would have done better just for length. I liked those just because I didn't have a big fixture up on top of my tank.

Actually because of the lil knobby things on the end and the way the cord comes out of the other end, 2 17" lights won't fit on the 40B. Trust me, I tried. :lol2

One on the front left, one on the back right, or vise versa. ;)

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OK, so the LED strip came yesterday. The packaging was nice and the build of the light seems very solid. I replaced a single strip T12 light with the new one. I really like the light brightness and the color of the lights on the new strip. It is not super bright, but it looks nice on my tank and I have low light plants. Overall, I am very happy with it out of the box, so I hope the durability of the unit is good. I think for the price, it can't be beat since there are no $20 bulbs to replace every 6-12 months.

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