OK after last night's talk I looked into a hamilton beach mh
light. I need help.
My tank: 80 gal
. 48h x 15w x 24h. I am going to scrap my two Coralife 96w quad pin lights for an adequate light for future species.
A couple of questions:
1. Is the Hamilton Beach 48" mh
ballast good? It has 2 250w mh
and 2 96 w actinic (spelling?) blues. I found it on captivereefs.com for $625.00. I do not want to be limited by lighting. What do you think?
2. If I was to get something like this, how do you guys handle the water temp variations? My 2 96w pc
's will heat the tank from 78.3 to 79.3 by the end of the 14 hour day of lighting. Granted it is on the glass top. I removed the back 1/2 of the top glass but need the other half to lay the lights on. If I get these new lights, they will be in the same situation. I could only imagine the temp variation with that much light. What if I raised it from the top by 6" or so by attaching it to the top of the canopy? HELP! Chiller? I hope not.