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Old 09-04-2006, 04:03 PM   #11
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I didn't check for a week or so as I imagined I'd see one.
No spikes over the last week though with three, albeit small, inhabitants. Jeff
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Unless you mean you got the reflector with a bulb cap? If so then you can plug any light you want to it becasue it doesn't come with a ballast. You have to buy the ballast seperately.

Ammonia spikes don't always happen right away some happen in the third or fourth weak depending on tank size and quality of water.
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Angel is right. I personally dont believe you`ve cycled yet. Read the article on cycling
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Old 09-05-2006, 10:56 AM   #14
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Hi Angel,
Confused threads.
With regard to cycling, are you speaking of my 55 gallon that with all the old filters and live rock from the old established tank does not seem to have had an ammonia spike, or the beautiful 85 gallon with the clowns?
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I'm sure my tank is cycled, got an ammo then nitrite spike over week one and two, my nitrate was still very high, but I added 41kg lr and this got rid of the nitrate over a couple of days (the rock was from an established tank).

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Unless you mean you got the reflector with a bulb cap? If so then you can plug any light you want to it becasue it doesn't come with a ballast. You have to buy the ballast seperately.
no, I got it off ebay, its a commercial floodlight so its large and dosen't look pretty, but if I can half-descently hide it and it lights the bulbs, who cares?!
... anyways It was cheap so if needs be it can be sold or stored away,
the instructions say "FLOODLIGHT FOR 150-400 WATT DISCHARGE LAMPS" all it mentions doing is changing the fuse.
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I'm sure my tank is cycled, got an ammo then nitrite spike over week one and two, my nitrate was still very high, but I added 41kg lr and this got rid of the nitrate over a couple of days (the rock was from an established tank).
That is a good sign.

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no, I got it off ebay, its a commercial floodlight so its large and dosen't look pretty, but if I can half-descently hide it and it lights the bulbs, who cares?! ... anyways It was cheap so if needs be it can be sold or stored away,
the instructions say "FLOODLIGHT FOR 150-400 WATT DISCHARGE LAMPS" all it mentions doing is changing the fuse.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but this is not a good set up for a tank. Floodlights are not designed to be used over a SW tank. I am not an electrician but I don't think the a simple switching of a fuse will be enough to run a MH set up for a long period of time. Someone please jump in and correct me if I am wrong. Thanks
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I hate to be the bearer of bad news but this is not a good set up for a tank. Floodlights are not designed to be used over a SW tank. I am not an electrician but I don't think the a simple switching of a fuse will be enough to run a MH set up for a long period of time. Someone please jump in and correct me if I am wrong. Thanks

This seriously is an industrial halide (such as one you may find on the ceiling of a shop or somthing) so I think running it for 7-8 hours a day shouldn't be a problem, It really is not pretty so what I may do is seperate the bulb holder, ballast etc. from the casing and build a fixture for it to match the stand, I could keep the ballast seperately to reduce the size of the actual fixture. I think it should work.
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Hi Angel,
Confused threads.
With regard to cycling, are you speaking of my 55 gallon that with all the old filters and live rock from the old established tank does not seem to have had an ammonia spike, or the beautiful 85 gallon with the clowns?
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Neither, I guess I did cross posts on here. Yours should be like doing a major water change. I am surprised that you didn't get a small spike at all.
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