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Re: power compact prices

In a message dated 11/27/1998 2:58:56 AM Central Standard Time, Aquatic-
Plants-Owner at actwin_com writes:

>  then again, maybe we have different opinions on what is meant by "big
>  ticket item."  complete PC hoods with fan units run around $169 to
>  $400.  Not exactly DIY prices!

Affordability is variable to ones income.  On the other end of the 
scale I have several tanks with dual florescent shop fixtures.  Each
with a Chroma 50 bulb plus either a daylight or plant and garden
bulb.  Effect is dramatric, all plants I tried either love or or need less
light and the sost was around $36.00 total.

Some time I realy wonder how many people are really spending
way more than necessary to get only a little improvement or get
something that there neighbor does not have.  160 Watts of
florescent power is enough for tanks up to 80 gallons and even
24 deep.  Where do you really need to spend that extra cash on
Metal Hide fixtures or High output Floresecnts?  Is it a matter of
if they make it say it is better someone will just buy it?