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Old 04-17-2006, 06:16 PM   #1
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I want to upgrade my lighting

i currently have 2 65w 10,000k pc's, 2 65w atinic pc's. its a 90 gallon. i want to add some lighting not sure what, that i want to be able to keep lps, and softies maybe even sps. i want them to thrive. i want to add on to my Power Compact hood. what should i get?
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Old 04-17-2006, 06:19 PM   #2
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If you want to keep SPS then I would say without hesitation 2- 250w MH fixtures
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Old 04-17-2006, 06:28 PM   #3
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ok but will i be able to use them along with my current pc hood? if so which specific model?
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Old 04-17-2006, 06:40 PM   #4
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Are all 4 bulbs in one hood?
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Old 04-17-2006, 06:45 PM   #5
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yes, im going to order from jl aquatics. i was thinking of pushing my pc hood to the front of the tank and then mounting 2 of these

http://www.jlaquatics.com/phpstore/s..._ID=MH-CPENA20

on the back of my tank

what do you think about that?
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Nice but pricey. also looks like those would put a lot of light into your room. I am guessing you have no canopy? Look into a MH only hood. Should be cheaper. What are tank dimensions?
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Old 04-17-2006, 08:26 PM   #7
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Don't put that light on a 90 gal tank, it won't work worth a hill 'o' beans. 150w HQI won't penetrate the depth of a 90 gal nearly at all especially with the way you have to mount those things. If you have a 4x65w hood or similar, there won't be enough room anyway.

You could get a retrofit from J&L for about 700.00- 800.00. Which would include 2x250w MH and Icecap fans. You already have the PC bulbs/PC ballast so you just need to DIY a canopy. The cost of the 2x150 Coralife units would be 600.00 so I don't see its as being much of a leap.

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I know but that is so expensive! and i have no idea how to make my own canopy

im starting to question if all of this

does this retro fit look good?

http://www.jlaquatics.com/phpstore/s...s/cartpage.php
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Did you look at the T5's? They are as good as metal halides if they have the individual reflectors.
Check out this tank www.hausriff.ch, that guy is using only T5's.
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