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Old 05-10-2004, 02:30 PM   #11
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Is that a retro or a full hood? Is it a current USA or Coralife hood by chance?
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Old 05-10-2004, 02:33 PM   #12
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its "CURRENT USA" i think its a retro hood
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Old 05-10-2004, 02:51 PM   #13
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seems pretty expensive to me. JMHO
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Old 05-10-2004, 03:09 PM   #14
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I think you could save a bunch of money by buying the individual components and building your lighting system yourself...if you're into that sort of thing. For a 4x96w hood with moonlight, $440 is pretty close. Although he is "the competition" , I would suggest talking to Darin at Captivereefs about PC hoods before you buy one. His pricing is really hard to beat on these lights.
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Old 05-10-2004, 03:48 PM   #15
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money

its not totally unresonable, but ill bet you can find it for less. you could opt for the more expensive metal halides... a 2 bulb set up from marine depot that can run 250 or 400 watt bulbs costs 573. you'll end up spending 200 more when all is said and done and you'll have 5x the lighting system. here your options will be relatively unlimited. the potential for 800w in a 65 system is ridiculous, but hey, why not?!!!!

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Old 05-10-2004, 04:07 PM   #16
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you had better be real sure you dont want electricity bill wen through the roof too...fyi
Sorry to hijack the thread, but I was wondering just how much the MH lights cost to run. I was looking at the cal, but I just wanted a real life example. Thanks...
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$440 for 4x96 watt pc sounds about right. I was was goign to go with 2 96 watt pc and build me a hodd to put it in and it was about 175 with out shipping. then found a lfs that sold me a coralife hood with 2 96 watt bulbs for 200. and did not have to pay shipping on that. then i just took every thing out of it and put it in the new hood. but when i was looking in to the mh diy i was looking at about 450-550 for 2x 250 watt set up. that was just for the mh not the pc or vho.
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Old 05-10-2004, 09:11 PM   #18
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what to buy

Halides are relatively expensive. i live in boston and My lights cost about an extra 40-60 dollars a Month i think. i cant really break it down for you...but 3 400w radiuMs and 300w vHo cost about that MucH. probably the lower end...witH My 10 powerHeads, puMp, waveMaker, skiMMer etc....iM sure its total 75 bucks. 150 reef, tHat is. totally wortH it thougH. good luck and i Hope you Hake the right decision for yourself and your tank.


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