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Old 10-11-2005, 02:44 PM   #1
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i am in the process of setting up a 55g (standard 48in size) and am debating on which way to go with the lights, and i have serious budget constraints.

option 1
48" Tek Light: 2-54W T5 HO Fluorescents which would give a combined 108 watts to penetrate the 24" for $189

option 2
Coralife 48" Aqualight Power Compact Strip Light- 4X65Watt which would be a combined 260 watts for $220

now i only plan on keeping soft corals so i dont need huge amounts of light... what are the opinions out there?
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Old 10-11-2005, 03:22 PM   #2
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It would cost you about 250-300 bucks for 2x175 watt Metal Halide and then you can keep ANYTHING you want. Two 14k MH bulbs $120 two advanced ballasts $100, two moguls $20 bucks. I did my own 175 watt setup for my 37 gal, it takes very basic DIY skills. Well worth it IMO, that way when you go to the LFS and you see something really interesting you want, you won't be limited to not buying it. You can keep anemones too.
I think saving up an extra couple weeks for the extra 50 bucks would be wise.

If it sounds like too much of a pain for you, or you really can't afford it, I would go with option 2.
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Lando just bought a decent setup for relatively cheap. Check out this link

http://www.aquatraders.com/index.asp...ATS&Category=9
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Old 10-11-2005, 04:06 PM   #4
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thanks for the link Brodie, that site has some great deals! which setup did he buy specificly? the link just brings you to the site.

the thing is, im really not interested in anemones or acropora or even lps. i really just like the softies, so i really want the lower light levels. but thanks for the suggestion, DragonForce.
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Old 10-11-2005, 04:23 PM   #5
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I believe he got a MH setup, but if you just want softies, go for a PC setup.
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Old 10-11-2005, 05:13 PM   #6
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nodoubt, I had the same issue months ago. I bought this dual 175w MH from cooltouchlighting and I couldn't be happier. Top quality and a very good deal. I added a reflector and got a complete dual 175 MH setup for about $250 - shipped!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Dual-175-Metal-H...QQcmdZViewItem
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Old 10-11-2005, 05:58 PM   #7
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Lando just bought a decent setup for relatively cheap. Check out this link

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Yes, and so far so good. No problems yet.
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Lando.....

doesn't that fixture have only one plug for the moonlights and the MH? How'd you get around that?
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Correct. One plug from the MH ballast which contains two switches, one for the MH and one for the moons. You can operate them independently but if you have the ballast plug on a timer once it trips the moons will shut off as well.
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I have my eye on that as well. Are timers really that big a deal? I guess you can still set up the other timer for the dawn/dusk effect. That looks like the best deal I've been able to find yet.
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