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Old 11-18-2008, 12:03 AM   #11
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I have a 46 bowfront too, and have been scouring Ebay for a deal on lighting. I've almost completely sold myself on needing MH lighting, but I have no plans right now to keep any SPS corals. I just don't want to sink the cash into a lighting set-up that might not be adequate in the future. I have the crossbeam also. I'm really liking the 2x150w MH with LEDs. It seems like every really nice tank I see pics of has MH lighting.
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Old 11-18-2008, 12:13 AM   #12
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I jumped the gun and went for the 2x96w Coralife Lunar Aqualight Compact Flourescent I spent $215 dollars I can keep soft corals LPS etc... I can't keep SPS or high light corals. Now I am stuck having to re-buy a fixture Its either about $300 for the 6 bulb T5 (234w) Or $420 for the 1x150W MH with 2x96w CF(MH bulb in center in way of brace) or I can spend $630 for the 2x150W MH with 4 t5bulbs and the MH bulbs would not be blocked by the brace. I can't make up my mind???
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:02 AM   #13
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I understand. If you do have the money to get that double MH w/ t5 Why not? But I'm sure you are like me and do not have the money to simply spend on it...lol. Obviously though there is no problem with mixing MH and t5, that seems to be the ultimate lighting other than being out under the sun.
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:26 AM   #14
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I was eyeballing a 36" Current Sun Pod 2x150w with lunar lights. It seems pretty economical (under $250), and definitely has the wattage. It doesn't have the T5s, but I think those might be overkill anyways. From what I've read, the only reason to have T5s is to counterbalance the bright white of the MH lights with some actinic. It also does away with the whole issue of the support piece in the middle of the tank. If you guys think differently, I'm listening.
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I am thinking about if the 2 MH's were too white and I wanted more Actinic I would find a retrokit to put on both sides of the Halide fixture. It's also the bulbs though that make it more blueish or not. I heard 14K is a great balance of both blue and white
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I personally love the blue actinic color and wouldn't feel right not having it. It really makes the colors stand out.; The colors are why I love saltwater over freshwater.
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I hear that, and I agree. The set up I'm looking at has a mix of blue and white LEDs instead of T5s. The cost is way less using the LEDs, but I'm not sure how they look in the tank.
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Yeah, LED's are making a full charge into the aquarium world. So, does anyone have LED's that they use,to help us understand how well they compare to Actinic's? (Hopefully some people will read this and let us know)
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My LED's on my Lunar Aqualight went out after like 6months I never replaced them
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Did you use them as a part of the actual daytime fixture or only as moonlighting? Now I'm not sure if I already asked but is MH enough on aquariums to suffice for corals or is the Actinic t5 always recommended to help with the spectrum.
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