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Old 07-10-2012, 02:07 PM   #1
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ATI bulbs + individual reflectors OR 250 hqi MH??

Im currently running on a aqua traders quad T5ho system on my tank that has Xenia, GSPs, mushrooms and zoos. Im looking to upgrade my lighting and im debaiting on these 2 options

Option A - 4 ATI bulbs (2 aquablue special, 1 purple+, 1 blue+) and retro fit it to individual reflectors

Option B - get 250 HQI MH + T5 sysmtem from aquatraders ( Odyssea Metal Halide System )

The reason i want to upgrade would be to get better color in my current corals and gradually start getting into SPS. Any thoughts on which option is/might be better over another.
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:55 PM   #2
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Im currently running on a aqua traders quad T5ho system on my tank that has Xenia, GSPs, mushrooms and zoos. Im looking to upgrade my lighting and im debaiting on these 2 options

Option A - 4 ATI bulbs (2 aquablue special, 1 purple+, 1 blue+) and retro fit it to individual reflectors

Option B - get 250 HQI MH + T5 sysmtem from aquatraders ( Odyssea Metal Halide System )

The reason i want to upgrade would be to get better color in my current corals and gradually start getting into SPS. Any thoughts on which option is/might be better over another.
What size tank is this? Im guessing a 30g?
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Well if you wanna go SPS then the halide will give you far better growth and color. However if you decide that route i would plan on how your going to deal with the heat first. Also 1 halide will not cover the whole tank. So the corners will be darker.
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could i keep some if any sps with a quad t5ho light system even if i upgraded the bulbs and added individual reflectors?? if not i was thinking of just getting another 2 t5ho bulb fixture and keeping 2 fixtures on top of my DT
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could i keep some if any sps with a quad t5ho light system even if i upgraded the bulbs and added individual reflectors?? if not i was thinking of just getting another 2 t5ho bulb fixture and keeping 2 fixtures on top of my DT
Yes you could also probably do this however with just the 4 bulb your going to struggle, especially with most acros. 6 bulb would probably do the trick.
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If i remember correctly, mh ended up being cheaper than the 6-8bulb t5ho units. This might be offset by what is needed to keep the tank cool...im not sure as i went w/ leds.
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Yes you could also probably do this however with just the 4 bulb your going to struggle, especially with most acros. 6 bulb would probably do the trick.
Thanks. This is what i was thinking of too. Maybe ill just get the nova extream 6 bulb unit which already has the individual reflectors already build in.

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If i remember correctly, mh ended up being cheaper than the 6-8bulb t5ho units. This might be offset by what is needed to keep the tank cool...im not sure as i went w/ leds.
which led system did you go with and why did u chose it?
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I run 2 Ecotech Radions above my 55. They are the best, and I paid alot for it. There are other LED options out there that are much more cost effective, like the taotronics LEDs that you can buy off ebay.
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I am running a nova extreme pro 6x54w T5HO over my 55 SPS are doing great!
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