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Old 12-14-2004, 09:50 AM   #11
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Yea, but the 280watts, could have heat issues too. He could put the 400 MH on his main and get a cheap system for his 20gal
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Icecap has some pretty neat looking MH pendants. They are available in 70 or 150w and use a MH bulb that looks like an incandescent floodlamp. Might be an option if you want MH...definitely cheaper. PC's work quite well on a 20g though.
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400w MH would toast a 20g tank without some type of high flow fan or chiller. Maybe in the northern states where temps stay tolerable but in good ole MS, its easily 80 plus degrees inside, 100 plus outside and with 400w MH hanging over a 20g sw tank, thats more cooling trouble than its worth. True, the retro kit could hang, but in fact, there is no top for this tank and the Aqualight comes with legs. Honestly, after all the research, the only thing I would do different if I could would be to use a 30g tank or a 20L. As it stands it will be a challange finding a 'not so sunny' spot in the tank for those corals who don't take to a HQI bulb burning all up in its mug. My first frag will be a finger leather and fragging the crown of my toadstool. After that, who knows, but niether of those are really 'high' light requirements. Heck at 14w / gal, I forsee not only sps, but maybe some nice small clams..

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