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Old 04-28-2005, 03:44 PM   #11
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Leave the temp where it's at. Just monitor it. As for the glass, not sure, if you have gobies probably leave it or get egg crate.
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Old 04-28-2005, 03:55 PM   #12
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I just hope it is able to fit under canopy just because it goes with the stand as you can see http://www.flickr.com/photos/59422509@N00/ I saw the dimensions and it will definately cover from front to back prob have no room to feed them I have to keep looking into this.
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Old 04-28-2005, 04:17 PM   #13
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It is not rue that you have ti add actinics with metal halide lamps. It all depends on the bulb that you choose. A 10k bulb will give off a bright white look and many people like to supplement with actinics. When you get into higher kelvin bulbs, the color becomes more blue and you do not have to supplement with actinics. I have a 20k metal halide bulb on my tank and the colors of my corals are spectacular.
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Old 04-28-2005, 04:38 PM   #14
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What would you suggest I am trying to keep my old canopy and looking for a metal halide unit for me 55gal. What do you think?
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Old 04-28-2005, 05:51 PM   #15
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i would suggest 2 coralvue 175watt with the 14 K bulbs. i was trying to decide what bulb to get. i saw the 14K's today. they are awesome. they look like 10K with actinic sup. those two bulbs would give you about 6.30 WPG. you could also go with the 250 watt setup it is about the same price and would give you better penetration to the bottom of your 55g. i am going with 2 x 250 14k coralvue for my 75g

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Old 04-28-2005, 06:02 PM   #16
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Why not just build a canopy? Thats what I did. I retrofitted a JEBO 220w PC light system built that into my canopy with 2x 250w 10k MH lamps with ballasts. The final cost ended up with something far better than the 384w system above, and costs about $300 total. PM me for any information.
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Old 04-28-2005, 07:40 PM   #17
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I would have to second the 14K MH retro's. They are cheap enough, and with the extra money you could build a 15" canopy to house everything. With the 14K, you could use supplemental lighting, or not. It has enough of the white/blue spectrum that you wouldn't have to. However, if you want more wpg, then you could add it on as well. I will caution you on the heat though. Just make sure you get fans for them! Good luck

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Old 04-28-2005, 09:05 PM   #18
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I cast my vote with Steve R and Salttanker. I use 20Ks personally, but im getting more and more curious about 14s. If you resolute about keeping a canopy I highly recommend a retro. Just to toss it in though, I have a large oak canopy on my tank with a swing top. I took the hinges off the top and set my MH hood on it. As far as the wattage goes, I say you can't go wrong with the beef. Toss the 250s on there (if heat is no issue)
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in that link you can see my tanks oak cap. I have just modified it so its open and the light hood lays across it.
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I have added pictures of My Canopy and I am in phase 1 of retrofitting Metal Halides then I will worry about the bulbs but I want to get a good unit. I would like the 250W I have 260W PC now which has fans built in. I have read that I would still need to put fans in it also correct?
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I'll try to get a pic tomorrow, I have a big speech that I have to finish for noon tomorrow, so sometime after that I will have the time... that is, if I remember... I'll try my best.
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