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Old 03-24-2010, 07:50 PM   #11
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Ok cool, So i'll scrap the all in one lighting unit and keep my two 250w ballasts, And run 2 250w SE globes, With new reflectors.

Now, Does anyone have a good idea of how to suspened to reflectors?

I was thinking of screwing them to a nice peice of wood, And suspending the wood? Work out all the measurements and what not.
Because with this tank i dont want a hood.

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Which reflectors are you looking into?
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Old 03-24-2010, 08:05 PM   #12
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This one.

Lumen Right Reflector 175-400W Single End

Or this, But i think they're the same. Im going to get two of these reflectors. Just not sure how to suspend them? Thanks alot for this.

Lumenarc III Reflector w/socket - $299.00 : Aus Frags


Dunno why the 2nd one is more expensive though.
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Old 03-24-2010, 08:46 PM   #13
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This one.

Lumen Right Reflector 175-400W Single End

Or this, But i think they're the same. Im going to get two of these reflectors. Just not sure how to suspend them? Thanks alot for this.

Lumenarc III Reflector w/socket - $299.00 : Aus Frags


Dunno why the 2nd one is more expensive though.
I have never heard of the first one, its probably a knock off of the second one. The three top of the line reflectors to look into are:
Lumenarc
LumenBright
LumenMax
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Old 03-24-2010, 08:55 PM   #14
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Ok thanks.

Could you possible tell me how to suspend them? Or is it a DIY job?
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Old 03-24-2010, 09:21 PM   #15
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Sorry for the double post.

I've found this.
Aquarium Metal Halide Lighting - eBay Fish Tanks, Fish, Pet Supplies, Home. (end time 25-Mar-10 12:55:00 AEDST)

Will two 175w be enough for 4x2x2
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Sorry for the double post.

I've found this.
Aquarium Metal Halide Lighting - eBay Fish Tanks, Fish, Pet Supplies, Home. (end time 25-Mar-10 12:55:00 AEDST)

Will two 175w be enough for 4x2x2
It depends what coral you want to keep. If you don't want to be limited with that tank which is 24" deep, then get 250-watt halides.
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I will most likely have, Clam or two, Softies, Maybe some hards up the top/middle. Carpet anemone..
Basically want to be able to buy anything that i think will look good in the tank.

Will that be enough? Because thats going to save me alot of money if i go with that.
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Just called the LFS. They said 175w should be enough, But if i want to grow some hard corals such as acros, 250w would be better.

But im not terribly interested in acros and hards at the moment, and i can always upgrade.

One last question, Will the carpet be fine under 175w 24' deep? As he can move to his desired position.
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If you don't want acropora or other SPS coral then get the 175w. I don't know about anemones.
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I would say go for the 250w. Two feet is a heck of a lot of water for light to fully penetrate, and if you ever wanted to "upgrade" your lighting in the future, you would most likely be spending a lot more money in the long run than if you just bought the 250w lights now.

I'm getting a 150w light for my 18" deep tank and i would still have to put things like acro and SPS near the top half.
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