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Old 06-30-2006, 06:45 PM   #1
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Metal halides

I have had VHO for the nine years I`ve had my tank. Thinking about going to metal halides and was wondering if these were good lights or do you have a recomendation. I`m either going to go with another set of VHO or go with metal halides.

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Like I said if you have a better choice let me know.
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Old 06-30-2006, 06:50 PM   #2
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I strongly recommend hellolights.com

Do you have a canopy, or how will you be mounting these.
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No I dont have a canopy. I just use a reflector over my VHO. I was hoping to let them hang from the ceiling. Will this do.
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Is this over a 125? You would need 2. Those seem like a good price as long as it will fire any 400 watt bulb.

I know a guy that used 2 400's over a 125 with great success.
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I have a 125 and I have done many hours of research on metal halides for my size tank. I am favoring the 3 250's on my tank. I have seen tanks with 2 and it is just not enough light for me. depending on where they are placed the is either a shadow in the middle or on the ends. So I like the 3 because the light covers the whole tank.
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3 is definately better but not 3 400's. I just know a guy that lighted a 125 with 2 400's and it looked good. I did not know until he told me though. 3x250 would be better though.
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Yes I agree I would not do 3 400's that would be overkill to me. If you plan to do 3 I would do 3 250's. But then again you could do 2 400's and then in the middle or ends wherever there is a shadow you could put your lower light corals. Which would be pretty also. I just prefer to put my lower light corals lower in the tank and have an even light through out. But again that is the way I like it.
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Thanks for the info. I was also looking at this but they are not 250 watt bulbs.

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My son has almost that identical setup on his 125 nice look. I personally still like the 250's better.I would go with 3 250 MH and 2 96 actinics. Odysea makes a setup that I think I am gonna try for around 5 or 600.00 I have heard negative things about them so I havent bought them yet. But know I am finding a lot of people are saying positive things about them so I might give them a try
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