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Old 05-01-2005, 02:29 PM   #11
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4x165w VHO retro, you build the hood $349.00 (+shipping & bulbs)
http://www.hellolights.com/724lamvhoret.html

4x165w VHO with hood, $550.00 (+shipping)
http://captivereefs.com/captivereefs...bCatID=ltvhohd

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Old 05-01-2005, 04:17 PM   #12
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I haven't really looked into VHO lighting. What are the pros and cons of VHO lighting and what is the difference between pc and vho?
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Old 05-02-2005, 11:39 AM   #13
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Your corals won't really notice any difference. There's really not alot of difference between the two in performance if your comparing 4x165w VHO to 6x96w PC (72" length). Many people have preferences but the corals don't in this regards.

PC's don't get quite as warm as VHO but as long as there is a fan or two incorporated into the hood set up, it won't be a concern. For your tank length, VHO is a better choice for long term care, maintenance andt the bulbs last a bit longer. Bulb replacement with PC's can get pricey as they should be replaced every 7-9 months. VHO can be done yearly.

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Just because my tank is 72", does that mean I have to go with a 72" light. Could I go with a powerful 60" hood to save money? Also, if I stay with a FOWLR will I be O.K. with a 4x96 pc hood?
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You don't "have to" buy a 72" light set up but if your going to have any success with corals of any kind, you will regret not going in that direction. Simpley because a light covers a certain area doesn't mean it's adequate to support light dependant animals. Intensity vs depth is moreso important. A 4x96w PC light will extremely limit what you might be able to keep successfully.

As far as a FOWLR set up, lighting is much less important. If the PC was elevated a bit more above the tank, it would illuminate more area but light quality will be greatly reduced. It will support coralline at the very least.

I guess the best suggestion here is to ask yourself what do you want the tank to house and what your eventual goal for the tank will be. There's no reason why the tank cannot be set up in stages and more appropriate lighting added later if you decide to keep corals and your budget permits. As far as the rock is concerned, it needs no special light if used (in the beginning at least) soley for biological filtration. If that's the case, a simple NO strip light will be sufficient.

Lighting is pretty pricey so I would be sure it's something you only do once if possible.

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Thanks for all of your input, everyone. Steve, I really appreciate you taking the time to answer all my questions. When I finally finish, I will post pics.
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