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Old 02-10-2004, 03:17 PM   #1
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55 Gal Lighting

I bought a 55 gal tank and want to make it a reef tank. My question is, for the mh lighting how many watts should i use. I am building my own hood, and was wondering if these type ballast will work. http://www.1000bulbs.com/category.php?category=171

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They will work. I'd go with the Advance ballast I think. I would probably go with a 2x250w MH and a couple of either PC or T-5 actinics. Have you looked at any of the retro kits that are available? They will cost a bit more, but have the advantage of being pretty much plug and play. You also get all electronic ballasts with the Coral Vue kits. Something to think about.

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Old 02-10-2004, 04:16 PM   #3
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Check out HelloLights.com for the electronic ballasts up to 250 watts. They are more expensive but very worth it in quiet cool operation. I am about to add my second one to my 60 gallon reef. Also a very easy DIY with only 4 pieces including the bulb! (Excluding screws)
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