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Old 01-09-2009, 09:00 PM   #41
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Hmmmmmm.......2 questions.
Why did you get a 400w and did you only get 1?

That Bluewave ballast is, I believe, a magnetic M59 ballast. According to Sanjay's site, that bulb and ballast combo puts out a whopping 68 PPFD. FWIW, the 175w Iwasaki bulbs I use put out 71 PPFD with a magnetic ballast. In other words, that ballast and bulb combo sucks. It uses over 2x the electricity and puts out less usable light than what I use. Not to mention the heat. You may have heat issues.

Sanjay uses 400w bulbs over his 500g reef. I beleive he uses Giesemann 400w Marine bulbs. They put out 209 PPFD.
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Hmmmmmm.......2 questions.
Why did you get a 400w and did you only get 1?

That Bluewave ballast is, I believe, a magnetic M59 ballast. According to Sanjay's site, that bulb and ballast combo puts out a whopping 68 PPFD. FWIW, the 175w Iwasaki bulbs I use put out 71 PPFD with a magnetic ballast. In other words, that ballast and bulb combo sucks. It uses over 2x the electricity and puts out less usable light than what I use. Not to mention the heat. You may have heat issues.

Sanjay uses 400w bulbs over his 500g reef. I beleive he uses Giesemann 400w Marine bulbs. They put out 209 PPFD.
Well to put it simply.....That is all the money I had for that trip....Plus I needed to have 1 so I could start the canopy build. I do not even have the bulbs yet. As far as the 400w. I was gonna use just 2 MH lamps on my tank. ????BIG MISTAKE???? I still have the receipts. and will be up there for the frag swap.
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Old 01-09-2009, 11:58 PM   #43
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Talk to Sanjay at the swap. He's a really nice guy. I bet he will tell you to use 2 250w bulbs with Lumenarc reflectors. He told me 2 175's with Lumenarc's would have worked on my 125, but I already had 3. You have pretty much the same reflector I use. They work good, but 2 will not cover your entire tank. Depending on where you place them, there will be dark spots. Lumenarc's cover a bigger area and from what Sanjay told me, 2 would work on a 6' tank.
I would exchange the 400 for a 250. You don't need the 400 and it will save on your electric bill with 250's.
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I was actually looking in that direction....OK I will do that!!! Thanks Larry
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OK ....moving along in my Saltwater adventure...I just joined www.NCPARS.org . Iwill also be going to the Frag swap at TFP. YEA ME!!!!!!
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Cool. The NCPARS website is usually pretty dead. The Reef Central club forum is much more active.
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Ok the wait is killing me ....I am waiting for USPS to deliver my 6 new frags....grrrr....I am anxious.... will post pics as soon as they arrive today...tracking number said they were in my post office so it should be any time now!!!!
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ok they are here. bags are kind of cold. gonna float them...take pics and acclaimate them.....hope they are alright
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