Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 04-02-2004, 02:35 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 48
lighting examples for mh

Can someone point me in the right direction for getting a good mh lighting setup going. I just don't know what I want to do. I would like to get 2 175or250 watt mh with some vho or pc. What I don't know is if I should go retrofit and build a canopy or not. I would like to get some of your ideas and go from there. Thanks
__________________

__________________
ashearier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2004, 03:00 PM   #2
AA Team Emeritus
 
BillyZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Western NY
Posts: 4,064
well it usually comes down to a question of budget. If you have the cash it's certainly much easier to buy a canopy/hood that fits your tank and holds the amount of light you're looking for. But, if your like most of us, it can save a fair amount of cash to build you're own. LIkely, what came with your 55 won't hold MH and VHO/PC in a retro so you'll likely have to build a DIY hood. They're not real difficult and saves you a fair amount of cash. Check out our DIY Section for a number of threads with examples and information that will probably answer a lot of your questions.
__________________

__________________
Acronyms and Abbreviations
BillyZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2004, 07:20 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 48
How about one of these;

1) 47" long, 11 1/2" wide, 4" tall. Metal Halide/PC combo 2-150 watt HQI 10,000k or 20,000k german madeUSHIO bulbsUV shield with remote ballast. 2-65 watt power compact actinic bulbs 2-36 watt power compact 10,000k bulbs 2-four inch fans. seperate power cords and switches for the power compact and HQI 2 very bright metal halide bulbs. Feet can be added to this hood to elevate the lights 6 inches off the tank.

2)48" long, 11 1/2" wide, 4 1/2" tall. Metal Halide/VHO combo 2 - 150 watt Double Ended Metal halide bulbs and 2 - 110 VHO bulbs. There is an ice cool 4 inch fan included in the unit to keep the unit extra cool. Feet can be added to this hood to elevate the lights 6 inches off the tank.

This is for a 90 gallon to contain some medium to low light corals. No clams or SPS.

I am not very handy and would like to stay away from building a canopy for a retro if at all possible. Can I get some votes on these two.

Also, what is the difference between the double ended and screw MH bulbs?
__________________
ashearier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2004, 02:25 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 48
anyone with an opinion on either of these hoods to help me decide which or neither?
__________________
ashearier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2004, 02:33 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Dallas
Posts: 1,134
I purchased a Cool Touch system on ebay and have been very happy with it. They have every combination you can think of and they are pretty reasonable. I got 2 175m/h with 2 110watt vho. It comes with the vho bulbs. We are about to order a hood that has (3) 400watt m/h and (4) 110watt vho bulbs. I would definately reccomend them.

Squishy
__________________
http://www.reef-aquarium.net

175gallon reef

5,100 gal pond

Fish are people too!
SquishyFish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2004, 12:35 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 48
I would like to know if either of the above mentioned setups would be enough for me. Is 150watt bulbs too low end?
__________________

__________________
ashearier is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
light, lighting

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Light examples new2betas Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 27 07-22-2008 02:05 PM
help lighting! newbie to higher lighting Musket Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 2 06-18-2006 12:52 AM
PC Lighting v. VHO Lighting mharrison86 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 4 06-15-2006 09:18 PM
Actinic lighting and Now VHO lighting.. seaham358 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 27 04-03-2006 11:06 PM
What is Actinic (03) lighting, 50/50 lighting, etc? flipz General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 4 05-03-2004 11:41 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:30 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.