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Old 05-19-2004, 12:04 AM   #1
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lighting suggestions

I'm setting up a 90 gal that i am going to try my first corals in (shrooms, zoos...easy stuff). What lighting would be good? I don't want to get MH lighting, so i was thinking VHO or PC...don't know what a t-5 is. How many watts/gal should i get and does the watt/gal depend on the type of lights used? Also what is the best combination of lighting (50/50, 10,000K ascetic, etc) that will allow for good growth as well as being visually pleasing. I want something that will sit on the tank or has a base that will sit just above.
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Old 05-19-2004, 12:26 AM   #2
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if you want pc this place has a nice 6x55w one....

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Old 05-19-2004, 12:43 AM   #3
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Is there a reason why you don't want MH? If you are ever going to do clams, SPS you will need metal halide. If you do plan on that you might as well go for it now instead of buying PC's or VHO and then uprading. JMHO
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Checkout the Current USA or Coralife PC fixtures if that is the lighting type you want to stay with.
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Old 05-19-2004, 01:35 AM   #5
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Unless there is a way to mount MH above the tank with out getting too involved i can't run them. I pretty much need something that will sit on the tank or has legs to prop it up above. Aren't you suppossed to put like a foot or more between MH's and the water?
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You can place a MH hood right on the tank but then you run the risk of overheating it and possibly needing a chiller! Coralife sells legs for there Aqualights that raise it off the tank 3". The current USA orbit hoods come with legs that raise it off the tank as well. Both lights can sit directly on the tank as well.
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if you went MH you could alsways use pendants
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...302371383&rd=1

Is this thing good?
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very nice... i would get the upgrade to 250w if you have the cash
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Old 05-19-2004, 05:40 PM   #10
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if you want to save money look into a retrofit kit. I know nothing at all about metal halide, but this one has 250's and two more vho bulbs than that one for 100 bucks more.


http://www.cooltouchlighting.com/pro...o.asp?dbid=324
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