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Old 03-02-2003, 08:12 PM   #1
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I thinkI need lighting.

I have a six ft. long 150 gal. reef tank.I have 2 four ft. lites.one is a purpleish compact.the other reg. twin tube w/ Ultra trilux bulbs.I offset them,push one a ft. to right the other a ft. to left.I dont think I have the rite lite.I was thinking maybe putting 4 three ft. double bulb.My question is what kind ?and where?price?or is that the right way to do that?
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What is the total wattage of your current lighting? You could get by with 3 MH lamps, at 175 or 250 watts each, this would serve a reef tank well or you could go the power compact route. with 24" or 36" sets... 2 36" PC at 192 watts (2x96) would probably give enough intensity to sustain your coral. I got my 2X96 on ebay however others have bought online for about 190.00 per set. Thw coralife aqualight series is great at that cost. Hope this helps.
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Old 03-03-2003, 12:57 AM   #3
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I looked on ebay they didnt have what I was looking for.my (pc) sticker on it says 110 watts , the regular twin tube sats its 80 watts.
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IMO, as much as I like PC's, the best system for your tank would be either MH or some 72" VHO's. I'm about to set up a 180 at an Eyecare center and that's what it will have. 2 Icecap ballasts running 4 72" VHO bulbs...probably 2 actinics and 2 10000k's. That'll give it 640 watts of light. Champion lighting has a similar tank with the same lighting setup and they claim to be growing SPS corals in it. www.championlighting.com
If you want PC's, you can get a retro kit from www.ahsupply.com for about $190 that includes 2 96w bulbs. These work out about right on a 6' tank. You'd probably need at least 4 96w bulbs going to grow any corals.
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I have a hamilton hood that is 4 x 96 watts pc (384 total watts) I will try to figure up a price. The unit retails for about 550. I could sell it to you for much cheaper if you were interested. Let me know if you are and I will figure up what I want for it.
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Do you think 384 watts is enough for 150.gal.thats about 2 1/2 watts per gal?isnt that a little low on lite?
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If you put them on the tank with your current lighting you would probalby be good. I posted pics for you here.

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=2452

PS I probably will replace the burnt out bulb before i sell it. IF you check it out, I think everyone will agree its a heck of a good price.
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