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Old 07-13-2010, 04:02 AM   #21
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BTW...thanks for the input. My goal is to make this perfect. I have a plan to get it up and running before I can afford what I want but I need a plan. the pump and the lights are the most important right now so that is why I am asking. I have a HOB skimmer that will handle my bioload for now but....I just want to get it up.
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Old 07-13-2010, 05:02 AM   #22
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Do you mean for a return? Yeah that'd be ok.
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I agree with the X-factor.. grab yourself a Nova Extreme T5HO or something similar... Unless you're set on the shimmer effect. If so, you'll also be watching your cash shimmer outta your pocket month x month too.

I've got 8 T5's over each of my 90's

Question.. First you talk about a 60" 115, then you mentioned a 120 ? What are the dimensions? 5 footers are great except when it come to finding lights for them. NE's don't come in 60 foot prints.
LED light strips can cause the same shimmer effect. without the heat or electricity cost.

i know on my tank i plan on going 6 x 54w t5 ho with 6 led light strips. 3 strips would make one row. 3 8k lights to make shimmer and 3 purple for coral color. they are not strong enough LED's to effect coral growth or anything like that but they are good enough to effect the tank visually.
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:27 AM   #24
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Yep, True true.

LED is the new upcomming in Aquarium Lighting and is produceing some good results.
If you have the money, I'd go LED for sure. But its expenisive at start up, but no maintenace costs at all really.
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Old 07-13-2010, 09:11 AM   #25
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I would go with t5 with led sumpliment for effects
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i'd rather run an external pump if you can do so. less heat transferred into the water and they are generally better pumps.
btw, the quiet one 4000 is completely quiet.
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I am considering an external pump. I am currently designing my sump. That google sketch program is awesome. I will post the plans when I get done.
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Tagging along for this one - This seems like my project 12 months down the road, fund permitting.
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"do you think I will need a chiller....I MUST have MH. screw the power bill."
I guess that the cost of a chiller shouldn't matter then....
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"do you think I will need a chiller....I MUST have MH. screw the power bill."
I guess that the cost of a chiller shouldn't matter then....
I just have no experience with them. size, how they work etc. I don't think the MH's will affect my powerbill that much and if I run the 55 gal sump I won't have enough room for one
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