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Old 10-04-2004, 09:30 PM   #11
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What about 4*65watt for a 55gal?
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Old 10-04-2004, 10:05 PM   #12
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Hey Sparky. How do you cool all 910 watts of light? Do you have an air cooled hood? Do you use a chiller?

That's a lot of light! I'd like to go way overboard, but unfortunately, finances are going to limit me to about four hundred dollars or so for lights. Unless you guys think I really should invest in about 500 watts of MH. I'm just so worried about heat. I live in Arizona, so it's hot enough here already!
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I have a custom hood that I made myself. It has 2 vent fans that pull the heat out of the hood. Here is a link to the top I had built.

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewto...hlight=#158338

I have really had no heat issues to speak of. I live near Chicago, so the summers can get pretty hot. We really didn't experience the "heat wave" we usually get in the summer, so I really can't say how well it works. But, on the really hot days that we did have I had no issues. But then again I have Air Conditioning too...LOL

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That's a sweet setup, Sparky. Nice job on the hood. I'm jealous.
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Old 10-06-2004, 04:43 AM   #15
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I just put 4X96 PC( for $225 thx ebay) lights on my 65 gal. After reading up I might have gone for MH as my tank is 24" deep and I have read that PC and VHO lose a bit much after 18". I have a 4" DSB so I'm close.

I have also read alot about the cooling problem with MH. Last you want is to have to buy a chiller IMO. Fans help alot too. Some retrofit kits leave some room. Maybe you could start with a couple Floresents spaced apart with room in the middle for MH down the line when you need them and switch the floresents to Actinic. You could do this when you would replace the bulbs so the ones you get don't go to waste.
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