Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 05-02-2003, 01:30 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 29
Help with lighting ????

OK I want to up grade my lighting , But dont know which way to go after reading all of the lighting post ! I have a 180 gal. tank Should I go with VHO , MH or PC ?? I would like to stay around the $600.00 range or less ?
__________________

__________________
"Have a nice day "
Sharky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2003, 03:29 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Caguas, PR
Posts: 135
Send a message via AIM to roadster3043 Send a message via MSN to roadster3043 Send a message via Yahoo to roadster3043
Greetings.

If you don't plan to have corals that need a lot of light in the future, go with VHO or several NOs.

If you do plan to have corals that need a lot of light then go with MH or several PCs or a combination of both, depending on your tastes.
__________________

__________________
--
Take care.

JuanMa
roadster3043 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2003, 05:56 AM   #3
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Chatsworth, GA
Posts: 4,071
Send a message via Yahoo to loganj
A MH/VHO combo is probably the best way to go to insure that you can keep anything you want to in there, but it won't be in the price range you specified. I think you can go with a VHO system from Champion Lighting and stay under the $600 mark though. I just set up a 180 with four 160w VHO tubes and it looks good. Although I don't have any personal experience keeping SPS corals, Champion has a 180g in their lobby that has the same VHO system on it that's full of SPS and they say it's doing great. Check out their site @ www.championlighting.com . You might also check with Micheal Prater (an advisor on this site) about MH systems from ebay. He might be able to hook you up with a MH system that will stay within your intended budget. If you decide to go VHO, I strongly recommend using Icecap ballasts.
Logan J
__________________
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
Logan J
loganj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2003, 10:02 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 109
Another good lighting site is www.hellolights.com.
__________________
BrianH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2003, 01:01 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Crystal Lake, IL USA
Posts: 179
I agree with the above posters on the VHO only system.

Champion Lighting VHO retros

You can pickup a retro 4 bulb VHO for about $500. retro means that it doesn't come in a "hood". It is made to fit an existing hood system by just replacing the "guts" of it. It's easier just to make a canopy though.


If you want a hood then it will probably cost roughly $200 more.

[/url]
__________________
David


125gal Reef
55gal sump
AquaC EV-120 Skimmer
Arctica 1/4hp Chiller
3 x 250W MH 10K and 2 x 165W VHO Actinics
mulron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2003, 01:16 PM   #6
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
If you are planning $600 and under, you will definately want to choose the MH/VHO or MH/PC option. All VHO or All PC, will not give the good lighting effects and UV for any future light demanding corals and reef material.. I suggest going for the gusto on the first try, rather than trying to upgrade later because you want to keep more demanding specimens. It will be more expensive if you have to re-buy in the future. This is just my experience.
__________________
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2003, 02:32 PM   #7
AA Team Emeritus
 
BillyZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Western NY
Posts: 4,064
I would definitely agree with timbo. Don't think about what you "need now" but think about what you'll "need later" if you think you may wish to expand what species are in your tank in the future. What your talking about here is the difference of a few hundred dollars for sure, but if you get a $600 setup now, then decide you want some wicked corals that need a lot of light and will need a new setup that costs $900... thats $1500 rather than just spending the $900 the first time.


JMO always think ahead... especially in terms of finances )
__________________
Acronyms and Abbreviations
BillyZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2003, 03:06 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Highland Illinois
Posts: 556
Send a message via Yahoo to kribbz
hey i know micheal prater was also looking to get rid of a hamilton set of pc's. i think it was like 4 96 watt pcs in a hood. check that out. because you could easily add two or three metal haliads to the inside of that. pm him and ask if he still has it.
__________________
"The brighter you are, the more you have to learn."
-Don Herold
kribbz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2003, 09:48 PM   #9
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Chatsworth, GA
Posts: 4,071
Send a message via Yahoo to loganj
Although I'm sure the MH with PC or VHO actinics is the best system, and I admit to having never used MH, this tank looks pretty good. It's the 180 at Champion Lighting. 2 URI 160w white actinics and 2 URI 160w actinics on Icecap ballasts. I guess it really depends on what you want to keep and how much you can really afford to spend. If I could afford it, I'd go with the MH combo. If not, I'd go with this.
Logan J
__________________
loganj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2003, 09:54 PM   #10
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Logan, if that tank is lit up by 640 watts of light only, that is a heck of a lot of light for only 3.5 watts per gal..Wow...
__________________
  Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
light, lighting

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
help lighting! newbie to higher lighting Musket Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 2 06-18-2006 12:52 AM
PC Lighting v. VHO Lighting mharrison86 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 4 06-15-2006 09:18 PM
Actinic lighting and Now VHO lighting.. seaham358 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 27 04-03-2006 11:06 PM
what lighting to use for 50 gallon lighting supermarvin76 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 5 05-15-2005 10:20 PM
What is Actinic (03) lighting, 50/50 lighting, etc? flipz General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 4 05-03-2004 11:41 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:50 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.