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Old 11-16-2008, 11:34 PM   #1
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Halide Lighting for 46 Gallon Bowfront

Hey Everyone!
So, I do tons of research constantly for things and I'm having a few issues finding some answers so I would like to rely on you guys!

I just bought a 46 Bowfront, with stand, Seaclone Protein Skimmer up to 100gallon tanks, UV Sterilizer, the massive Marineland HOB Filter, 40 lbs live rock, 40 lbs live sand, large powerhead, submersible heather, 2 39w t5 Actinic Bulbs with the Glo lighting system, stock lighting, 50lb bucket of salt, 3 damsels, maroon clownfish and a few snails...I think that's it...lol.

All for only $120. CRAIGSLIST IS GOD!! (and it all works perfectly fine)

So I moved all of my Biocube stuff over and have a few low light corals so for now they are fine! In there...I got rid of the Maroon Clownfish because he is meaner than the damsels. Ok, now to the point...I am looking for a good lighting fixture for this to support almost anything. Would a lighting fixture with only one Metal Halide Bulb in the center cover the majority of the tank if I mount it on its legs on the top (I can't hang from ceiling) The measurements of the aquarium are 37Lx17Wx21H.

Sorry its long. Thanks Guys!
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:16 AM   #2
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I have been debating this myself for like half a year now I am about a month away from finally purchasing I started this poll about it http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...se-108821.html There is a more expensive Current Outer Orbit 2x150W MH/T5 combo I have been looking at as well its $680.00 though
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Exactly, according to your thread its that darn plastic connection in the middle that makes me nervous. I want to get rid of it but I'm pretty sure it helps hold the aquarium together. I don't mind putting lower light corals along the sides under the t5's but I was hoping that one Halide light would be able to cover pretty much the tank itself.
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Old 11-17-2008, 02:18 AM   #4
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The Double Halide fixtures have 2 MH lamps that would not be blocked by the brace. The only thing is they are really expensive. I am thinking the Nova Extreme Pro with 6 T5's may be the way to go but there would still be limits on what could be kept
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Yeah true, I have been eyeing to have a Clam so do you think that the double MH would be fine for the aquarium?
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This is the perfect light IMO Current USA Outer Orbit Fixture, 2x150W HQI Metal Halide & 4X39W T5s, 36 inch
The problem for me is dropping about $630 on it I am hoping for a cheaper option
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I have the Nova Extreme Pro. I got it on ebay for about $300.
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I have the Nova Extreme Pro. I got it on ebay for about $300.
What size tank is it for? I looked on e-bay the 36" 6bulb T5 Nova extreme Pro was $305 new with shipping. Not sure if its enough light for optimum SPS growth although SPS could be kept the growth would not be optimal. I really have no idea just making assumptions based on what I have heard.
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I guess there is a big divide between t5's and MH these days. As I've been searching all over the place it seems that the technology of t5's are beginning to become more advanced than MH's. This I don't know but t5's are great I just seem like the look of Halides more and more.
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I have a 55G so it is the 48 incher.
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