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Old 05-19-2005, 09:59 PM   #1
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lighting question

I have been reading up on lights but I am not sure if I should go with metal halides over Fluorescent. I understand the need for blue light etc. I have looked at the jebo 3' metal halide system and the 48" Coralife Lunar Aqualight Moonlight Hood 4 x 65 watt as options. I know I will need 4 of them so I want to make the right choice the first time. Any help would be appreciated. Aquarium is 525 gallon 96x35x36
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Old 05-20-2005, 10:49 AM   #2
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Why not run some metal halide retro kits? You could do (4) 250 watt coralvue kits with 14K bulbs for under $800. That would eliminate the need for extra actinics since the 14K is a bluer bulb. Easier on pocket and the electric bill as well.
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I agree with Darin. My 250w MH 14K bulbs can be run with, or without the need for pc. Plus, I think it looks better because of the shimmering effect it has and it is able to penetrate deeper. You may even consider 400w due to the depth of your tank.


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Anybody had any experience with these lights ?

HO 65W/500W-Flourex Full Spectrum Marine Aquarium Light

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWA%3AIT&rd=1
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"65 Watts give you the light of a 500 Watt light."

I would weary. I'm not familiar with this product, but it is 65w only. They claim it has the power of 500w NO bulbs. Remember, you have a 525g tank.. You would be better off with MH, or pc in my opinion.

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Brenden you can purchase these same lights, there brand name is lights of america at homedepot and just wire them yourself and put air holes if you are so inclined. I know alot of people use them on their refugium, I'm not sure yet if I'm going to place one on my main tank. They are really used as flood lights. I was able to get them for about $30.
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I wouldn't run them on the main tank. You will want to get the appropriate bulbs for them to prevent unwanted algae growth. Maybe on a refugium..

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I have decided to go with MH. I just saw them and the guy had good feedback, even a feedback comment about them being good aquarium lights.
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