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Old 06-29-2004, 08:54 AM   #1
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Recommendations for MH lighting?

55g is cycling, and when it is done I wll be needing to purchase lighting. Considering I will probably fall victim to the desire (obsession) to have a reef tank, I'd like to go with MH now, instead of having to upgrade later.

However, all the MH hoods I seem to spot are designed to hang above the tank as a pendant, or be suspended from the ceiling or something.

Is there a good 48" hood with MH that can stand on top of the tank with legs?
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With legs im not sure of but there are plenty of designs that can sit on top of the tank. If you cant find anything that fits your needs exactly you can always build something and install a MH retro fit kit into it.

http://www.captivereefs.com/captiver...CatID=lt-mh48#

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Old 06-29-2004, 02:13 PM   #4
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How easy are the retrofit kits?
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I don't think they are hard, usually good wiring diagrams are included and it's simply mounting and wiring.
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I have a 250 watt hamilton ballast bulb and socket and reflector i am getting rid of if you are interested. Pm if you are.
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The hamilton hoods are made to sit right on the tank. Heat may be a problem though. If you have a canopy a retro kit is simple. (2) wood screws to mount the reflector to the canopy and plug it into the ballast your done.
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Old 06-29-2004, 11:27 PM   #8
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They sit right on the tank?! 8O

Is there a leg kit or something to raise it up?

I have nothing now, so I have no canopy to retrofit.
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(1) Peppermint Shrimp
(2) False Percs
(1) Orchid Dottyback
(1) Lawnmower Blenny
(1) Flame Angel
(1) Spotted Mandarin
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No legs that i know of. They are made to sit on the tank or hang.. It will pretty much take up the whole top of a 55.
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my mh is kind of on legs ill post a pic
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