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Old 10-10-2006, 10:18 PM   #1
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Lighting for a 55

I am looking to upgrade to MH and I would like to know what wattage and possibly what brands some fellow reefers use that you would recommend. I would like the option of keeping virtually any type of coral or clam. TIA.

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4 false clowns, 2 firefish, cardinal, midas blennie, toadstool, zoos, shrooms, trumpet coral, torch, pagoda, frogspawn, poylps, red open brain, devils hand, hermits, snails, 3 cleaner shrimp, coral banded and a emerald crab.
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I dont have MH`s but when I was looking one time ebay had a big selection of them. At excellent prices also.

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Ice cap ballasts are wonderful. Also, investigate the XM bulbs.
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Old 10-12-2006, 11:20 PM   #4
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2x175 or 2x250. 2x250 might lead to heat problems though. I have a CoralVue Retro MH/T5) on my 75. I love the CV Reeflux bulbs.
*180 gal Display, 100 gal basement sump, 33 gal refugium, 3x250 MH, 2x160 VHO actinics, zoos, some softies, LPS & lots of acros and other SPS.
*100 gal prop tank plumbed into main system w/ 2x96 PC lights and 1x150 MH,
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Lots of options for you. I do agree that 2x175 or above would caused too much heat and not a lot of benefit from a 2x150watt system.
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