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Old 05-03-2005, 07:48 PM   #1
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Retrofit Kits

are retrofit kits soely used for tanks that have a wooden canopy? I was looking into getting two SunPaq retrofit kits that are 24" with two 65w bulbs (1 dual daylight, 1 dual actinic) - so two sets would be great for a 50 galon tank. What else would i need besides canopy? Cooling Fans?
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50 Gallon Oceanic: 2 maxijet 1200's, 2 150 watt visitherm heaters, BakPak II Skimmer with PS & BT, Coralife Lunar 2X65 watt Power Compacts

Filtration: 50lbs LR.com, 60lbs sand

Swimmers: 2 O. Clowns, Yellow Watchman, Firefish, Yellow Tang, Dottyback.

Clean-Up: Several snail & hermits, Skunk Cleaner, 2 Peps.

Corals: 2 zoo colonies, yellow polyps, star polyps
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Old 05-03-2005, 08:27 PM   #2
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I was just looking on Hellolights.com, do you think this kit will be suitable for my tank?

http://www.hellolights.com/4x55wretrofit.html

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Filtration: 50lbs LR.com, 60lbs sand

Swimmers: 2 O. Clowns, Yellow Watchman, Firefish, Yellow Tang, Dottyback.

Clean-Up: Several snail & hermits, Skunk Cleaner, 2 Peps.

Corals: 2 zoo colonies, yellow polyps, star polyps
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Old 05-03-2005, 08:39 PM   #3
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That would give you a little over 4 watts per gallon. It really all depends on what you want to keep as far as coral goes. You could keep just about all soft corals, zoos, shrooms, ect...

You will need a canopy and probably a cooling fan.
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Old 05-03-2005, 09:05 PM   #4
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well i wanted to start with easier stuff, so i dont think i would need that much wattage. Do you think two of these units would be more effiecient?

http://www.hellolights.com/242xcoaqreki.html
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Filtration: 50lbs LR.com, 60lbs sand

Swimmers: 2 O. Clowns, Yellow Watchman, Firefish, Yellow Tang, Dottyback.

Clean-Up: Several snail & hermits, Skunk Cleaner, 2 Peps.

Corals: 2 zoo colonies, yellow polyps, star polyps
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Old 05-03-2005, 09:42 PM   #5
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Is your tank just 24" long?? Got to figure that in. Also with just one of those set ups you'll be lucky to just keep shrooms.
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Old 05-03-2005, 10:26 PM   #6
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my tank is 50 gallons, 30 inches long. That is why i was gonna go with the 24 inch because i cant seem to find a compact flourecent hood that puts out enough light, and i dont want to do metal halide. So i figured i would build a canopy with 2 retrofit kits.
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Filtration: 50lbs LR.com, 60lbs sand

Swimmers: 2 O. Clowns, Yellow Watchman, Firefish, Yellow Tang, Dottyback.

Clean-Up: Several snail & hermits, Skunk Cleaner, 2 Peps.

Corals: 2 zoo colonies, yellow polyps, star polyps
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