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Old 05-28-2005, 10:04 PM   #1
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High pressure sodium or Halide

Can you use HPS lights on a reef tank. Is the color spectrum ok or stick with MH instead. They are much cheaper and more readily available.


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HPS? Do you mean like a halide shoplight bulb? Send a link to what you are refering to. Thanks.
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Old 05-29-2005, 10:01 PM   #3
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HPs High Pressure Sodium bulbs
MH HID Metal Halide



Both are bright but not sure if the wavelength is similar.

http://www.topbulb.com/find/hid.asp
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In my honest opinion I would stick with the MH. HPS lighting would work, potentially can have a broader spectrum, is more efficient in terms of lumens per watt and in turn you save more $$$ on the electric bill BUT they would give your water a really Orangy.... HPS... Color which I don't think would be as appealing to the fish or their audience. The plants would sure love it though

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Old 05-30-2005, 02:57 AM   #5
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you can use hps balast with a mh conversion bulb but the kelvin rating is only about 4.5k. so better stick with mh's and you can get bulbs from 3k to 20k.
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Is Mercury vapor an option? I dont think Halogens will work right? What about Xenon bulbs that simulate HID light . Available online (upgrades for car headlights)
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just check out the temp rating on all of the bulps. you want a temp betwen 6.5k and 20k
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Simple Answer: HPS will not work for aquarium usage. The light spectrum is not the right color range too yellow. HPS is commonly used in street lights and warehouses.
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Simple Answer: HPS will not work for aquarium usage. The light spectrum is not the right color range too yellow. HPS is commonly used in street lights and warehouses.
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Old 06-02-2005, 12:10 PM   #10
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Yes you are correct HPS is also used in growing plants, however the spectrum is still wrong for a reef and most likely you will either have a hideous looking tank that is yellow or it will cause an algae outbreak. I've seen it before.
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