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Old 01-23-2009, 12:55 AM   #631
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Icecap are pricey but they are one of the best options out there. They offer incredible customer support, they really stand behind the products they sell. I'm not getting brand new ballast, these are about a year old.

There is nothing wrong with T5s, I use them on my system as well.

Actually, I wasnt planning on ditching the T5s completely. I want to use the T5 for actinics and add a couple 175w MH when time comes for reef. Sound about right? If so, the T5 is a four bulb 54w each and wondering if I need all four actinics or just two?

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Actually, I wasnt planning on ditching the T5s completely. I want to use the T5 for actinics and add a couple 175w MH when time comes for reef. Sound about right? If so, the T5 is a four bulb 54w each and wondering if I need all four actinics or just two?

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Are your T5s in a fixture or are they the diy retro kits? I have 2 T5s and 2 VHO actinics on my 120. I guess it is up to you. With T5 you can mix and match the bulb combo and get better spectrum coverage.

I haven't figured out exactly how I'm going to fit all my lights in the new canopy. As it is now things work but with the upgrade to the 250's I'm going to different reflectors on the MHs and they take up more space. I may try something a little different with the actinics this time around. I'm going to work on the design a little more later today.
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Are your T5s in a fixture or are they the diy retro kits? I have 2 T5s and 2 VHO actinics on my 120. I guess it is up to you. With T5 you can mix and match the bulb combo and get better spectrum coverage.
They are in fixtures. Its this model Aquarium Lighting: Marineland T5-48 Deluxe 48" Deluxe T5 Daylight/Actinic Light.
I wish they were individual reflectors but may mod them with icecap clip-ons since I got them new at wholesale.
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Have you split your RBTA yet?
A fellow at Reeffrontiers claims "just feed a whole silverside every four to five days you'll get a split."
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Wow Ziggy nice thread, I cant wait for more.
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The guy that my anemone came from is taking my flame angel in trade for a few corals and splitting the RBTA for me.

Here is a current FTS and a close up of the anemone:

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Wow Ziggy nice thread, I cant wait for more.
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Stay tuned there are lots of changes coming to the tank!
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Have you split your RBTA yet?
A fellow at Reeffrontiers claims "just feed a whole silverside every four to five days you'll get a split."
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I have read the same thing but the problem is feeding a lot can cause more problems then it does good. I think having the guy that I got the anemone from split it for me works best.
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Wow...that anemone is getting HUGE!
Do you have a plan of attack for getting the flame out?
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Well...actually no I don't. I have a feeling I will have to take the reef completely down to get it out. I'm going to give it a shot tomorrow and see if by some stroke of luck I can catch him without removing things. If it comes to it I will take everything out to get the fish though.

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