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Old 06-05-2010, 08:03 PM   #191
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Yeah, i raised the light to 8 inches from that water and now my water temp has been at 80 degrees all day, and that's without running a fan as well. So yeah, that was definitely a big help on Ziggy's part.

Also, it's a 14k bulb, not a 20k. 20k is too blue for my taste. I wanted a crisp white, and honestly, the 14000k bulb is SO nice. It's like pure white.
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I ran a lot of different color combinations over my tanks. I always ended up back at the 10,000 - 14,000 range with actinic supplement. I'm going a totally new route with my Nano Cube project though. I'm going completely LED. I want to avoid any heat issues and conserve power use as much as possible.

I'm glad to see you raised the light I think you will get the results you want and avoid major heat issues.
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Yeah, i raised the light to 8 inches from that water and now my water temp has been at 80 degrees all day, and that's without running a fan as well. So yeah, that was definitely a big help on Ziggy's part.

Also, it's a 14k bulb, not a 20k. 20k is too blue for my taste. I wanted a crisp white, and honestly, the 14000k bulb is SO nice. It's like pure white.
You would be surprised with the Radium 20k bulb. It is actually a crisp white with a tint of blue. Its got to be the whitest 20k bulb out there and makes the corals look great while also achieving good growth.
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Nevermind, I got lots of catching up to do, I just went a couple pages back and saw you have 150w DE halides, so the Radiums I am talking about are out.
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Yeah, i see what you mean Ziggy. I would have gone with LED's as well since they're really awesome, but putting something together for my tank would have definitely costed me +$200 and i don't have that kind of money right now. This MH came with everything, ballast, UV lens, hanging kit, pendant and bulb all for $140.. and it was a quality pendant.. so i just couldn't pass it up. Ya know? However, when i get the chance, the next time i need to change the bulb out i'm definitely going to get a really nice one.. maybe something like an Ushio or Pheonix. I'm also thinking that when i get a job i could get a few LED's and integrate them with the pendant i have now.. to use as actinic supplementation. And i'm sure i could do it, since those 460nm Cree LED's are out there. Just need to get a heatsink and a power supply. I'm good with soldering and wiring.. so putting it together won't be a problem at all. I just need to get the materials first haha.

ryshark, i'm sure the bulb your talking about is nice and all, but the bulb these people were going to give me was going to be really blue. The bulbs they supply aren't top of the line, but they aren't garbage either, so i had to go with the 14k.
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Yeah, i see what you mean Ziggy. I would have gone with LED's as well since they're really awesome, but putting something together for my tank would have definitely costed me +$200 and i don't have that kind of money right now. This MH came with everything, ballast, UV lens, hanging kit, pendant and bulb all for $140.. and it was a quality pendant.. so i just couldn't pass it up. Ya know? However, when i get the chance, the next time i need to change the bulb out i'm definitely going to get a really nice one.. maybe something like an Ushio or Pheonix. I'm also thinking that when i get a job i could get a few LED's and integrate them with the pendant i have now.. to use as actinic supplementation. And i'm sure i could do it, since those 460nm Cree LED's are out there. Just need to get a heatsink and a power supply. I'm good with soldering and wiring.. so putting it together won't be a problem at all. I just need to get the materials first haha.

ryshark, i'm sure the bulb your talking about is nice and all, but the bulb these people were going to give me was going to be really blue. The bulbs they supply aren't top of the line, but they aren't garbage either, so i had to go with the 14k.
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Yeah, but seriously, raising that MH by a few more inches worked wonders! My tank temperature has been at 80 degrees all day so far! No fans and no a/c.. so that's a plus. Only thing is.. i'm definitely noticing an increase in evaporation. But not so much that i won't be around to top-off.
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Definitely. ATO is great. Mine is as simple as a float switch and an Aqualifter
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Yup. I'll be getting one sooner than i thought. My mom is going on vacation and i'm getting paid to take care of all our pets.
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