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Old 01-19-2003, 11:39 AM   #11
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My coral grow much better under VHO, I've tried both.

At minimum get the IceCap and then you can switch between NO, PC, and VHO at will. You can also mix & match i.e. PC daylights mixed with VHO Actinic.
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Old 01-19-2003, 12:59 PM   #12
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i was looking at a pre built system, but the more i think about it the more i'm thinking of buildind my own system. i just not sure if i can get wood to match the stand and that is something that i really want. i was thinking about buying the canopy that matches the stand and justing mounting the system in that. any thought on that idea. also i was looking at the 2 X 96W pc system instead of four 55W because i could always add 2 more at a later time if i needed to. what do you think would be a better idea?
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Old 01-19-2003, 09:14 PM   #13
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i was looking at the jbj retro fit kits. has anyone had any luck or experience with these?
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Old 01-19-2003, 11:05 PM   #14
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well, sounds like everyone has their own opinion, from my research both are great, but the ice cap ballast ive heard is a must.
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Bang Guy,
Do you have any idea why the corals grow better under the VHO? I have heard this before. Just curious if you had ideas why it worked better.
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I use the JBJ lights. And I've been very happy with them. But then again im only into the soft coral. I have 4, 65 watts on my 75 gal. I also have one NO light strip on it, only because I had it lol. But I am looking into the MH. But if i go this way MORE MONEY 8O But as far as PCs goes I like the jbj. But mine was the whole light no retro thing. I've had them for about a year now...
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First of all hi this is my first post here.

I ordered my power compact retro fit kit from AH supply ( 2x55 watt for my 39 gallon tank) and I love it ----- but I did not like the bulbs that came from them. So with that said, I would order everything from AH except the bulbs I would order them from Hellolights.com. 8)


The reflectors from AH are the best I have ever seen.
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Old 01-20-2003, 04:27 PM   #18
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The reflectors from AH are the best I have ever seen.
I am not sure about AHsupply (I've never dealt with them), but have been told the reflectors hellolights sells with there halide kits is identical to the spider reflectors. I think fishfreek does the same as Johnny and gets his ballast from AHsupply and his bulbs from hellolights, I'm sure he will correct me if I am wrong.

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I have use JBJ in the past and for the money, I really like them. The Deluxe Formosas are really nice. They have two cooling fans on the end. I also prefer PC to VHO simply because of the brightness. But I also agree with reefrunner, VHO has the superior color. Just a opinion though. As far as helios go, I have never heard anything good about them, but I have never had personal experience. I would say if you dont want to retrofit, JBJ Deluxe Formosa is a nice unit that is a really good value.
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Do you have any idea why the corals grow better under the VHO? I have heard this before. Just curious if you had ideas why it worked better.
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No, I truly have no idea. I know I'm not the first person to notice this. Unfortunately the scientific studies that could solve this mystery are too expensive to perform by the average hobbiest.

FWIW - I've had the BEST coral growth under 250 watt Iwasaki Mercury Vapor bulbs. VHO is a distant second followed fairly closely by PC.

I have a hint (but no proof) that PCs downfall are the reflectors. The 'U' shape makes reflecting the light difficult and the VHO bulbs I use have internal reflectors. I believe this is VHOs advantage.

Beware claims from vendors.....
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