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Old 01-18-2003, 10:14 PM   #1
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vho vs. pc

i'm looking into getting some new lighting and can't decided between vho or pc. i'm not looking at getting any hard corals (maybe some polups and eventuallly an anenomee) i realy dont want to "make" a system i'd rather have it prefab. it is for a 55 gallon tank. what are your suggestions. and why?
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Old 01-18-2003, 10:27 PM   #2
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There are several people in this forum that have used and are very pleased with the retro kits in VHO from www.hellolights.com You should give them a look. As for which type...I would probably go with VHO, simply cause I prefer the look of VHO, to pc, you also have a larger bulb choice. For vho, I would only use an Icecap ballast (I'm not knocking hellolights), I have used them in the past and they are the best VHO ballast on the market.
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Old 01-18-2003, 10:41 PM   #3
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do you know where i get get any picks of the different lights set up on the tank
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You might try looking through the photo album. I thought I had a link, but it is a comparison of MH with different supplamental bulbs and none with pc.
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Geez...I hate to take an opposing opinion...especially when the other opinion comes from someone as experienced and committed as reefrunner, but I like the PC's better. Here are the reasons. They are, IMO, brighter. They are smaller than VHO for equal wattages. They have a longer replacement interval. They can be run with a variety of ballasts although the Icecap is probably superior to any others. So...they're wonderful...right? Well...they break very easily. The connections are more prone to corrosion than VHO. You have to be very sure they are properly seated in the bulb clips or they can fall out. Another thing I like about PC's is that they are available in a 50/50 where you have a separate tube for each color temp. The VHO 50/50's have mixed phosphors so you can get both kinds of light from the same tube. Anyway...pros and cons. I like the PC's and that has no scientific basis...just my preference. Check out www.ahsupply.com , www.hellolights.com , www.championlighting.com , and www.il-solutions.com for more options and prices on different kinds of lighting.
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Geez...I hate to take an opposing opinion...especially when the other opinion comes from someone as experienced and committed as reefrunner, but I like the PC's better.
Ok dude...your fired!!! LOL, no prob logan, pc's are brighter, but I prefer vho. Nothing more than preference.
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i been looking online and i think i'm going to go with the pcs.

i've been looking at the jbj and the helios and can't decide. any opinions? i'm not sure if the helios have a fan though and thats something that i want.

the other thing i'm not sure on is if i shound get 2 or 4 bulbs, with 2 i'd get 2 50/50s and with 4 i'd get 2 day 2 atinic.

thanks for the help guys!!!
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oh yeah i was looking at the coralife system also
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Well with a 55 you could get 4 55W PC's and that would work nicly. two 55W bulbs on each side. One 10K and one actinc.

Are you looking for a prebuilt light rig?

Are you willing to do some wood work an dmake your own canopy?

www.ahsupply.com has some decent ballst and light kits that you can get and then install these in a caonpy you build yourself. They will even toss in plans for a DIY canopy if you ask for free.

I do suggest getting your bubls from hellolights.com

Lighting has to be the #1 debated topic on any saltwater forum so dont be discuraged when 5 people reply and each gives you a different answer.
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