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Old 02-14-2009, 03:10 PM   #671
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I agree the Hawkins is one of my favs as well. I am very pleased with how well it is growing.
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Update....

I finally took the plunge and got the ballasts to upgrade my lighting. I got really lucky as a local reefer was upgrading their lighting and I was able to pick up 2 250w IceCap ballasts for an awesome price. They are the old style but only about a year old.



I've got to get busy on redesigning the canopy and lighting system on my tank now. I'm still trying to decide which bulbs to go with. I'm really leaning towards the 10,000K Reflux bulbs but I'm not sure. I'm using 10,000K Hamiltons right now and I'm very happy with them but I think I may like the Reflux better. The reflux I tried some time back were 15,000K I think and I didn't like those but they were used and I got them for free so it was worth the try. The current hamiltons have proven to give good growth to my SPS so like I said. Still not sure which way to go.
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I've just breezed through this whole thread - what perseverance you and your family must have to go through 2 busted tanks. I've only had 1 leak on my, a 37 tall that was on a home-made stand just above floor level, I moved it about 1/4" when it was about 1/3 full. That was before I understood the pressure put on the tank seals. Lost about 10g to the carpet, upgraded to a 55.

Never have had the ambition to start up a marine tank, but I'm a big SCUBA diver, when I get somewhere I CAN at least (FW diving is just not worth it to me) and I have to say your setup is gorgeous, those are the kinds of beautiful scenes I remember seeing while diving off Bimini in the Bahamas. Someday, when I have enough time and $ I definitely plan to 'dive' into a reef tank...
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Wow, lookin good!
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I've just breezed through this whole thread - what perseverance you and your family must have to go through 2 busted tanks. I've only had 1 leak on my, a 37 tall that was on a home-made stand just above floor level, I moved it about 1/4" when it was about 1/3 full. That was before I understood the pressure put on the tank seals. Lost about 10g to the carpet, upgraded to a 55.

Never have had the ambition to start up a marine tank, but I'm a big SCUBA diver, when I get somewhere I CAN at least (FW diving is just not worth it to me) and I have to say your setup is gorgeous, those are the kinds of beautiful scenes I remember seeing while diving off Bimini in the Bahamas. Someday, when I have enough time and $ I definitely plan to 'dive' into a reef tank...
Thanks for taking the time to read through the thread. Please don't make the same mistakes I did when setting up your tank! I appreciate your kind words it is a work in progress.
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Wow, lookin good!
Yeah that birds nest of yours is growing like crazy I'm going to have to get it out of there and over to you soon. I 'm going to nip a few pieces off so I can have some to grow out again. I have a feeling it has encrusted onto about 4 different rocks.
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Update....

I finally took the plunge and got the ballasts to upgrade my lighting. I got really lucky as a local reefer was upgrading their lighting and I was able to pick up 2 250w IceCap ballasts for an awesome price. They are the old style but only about a year old.



I've got to get busy on redesigning the canopy and lighting system on my tank now. I'm still trying to decide which bulbs to go with. I'm really leaning towards the 10,000K Reflux bulbs but I'm not sure. I'm using 10,000K Hamiltons right now and I'm very happy with them but I think I may like the Reflux better. The reflux I tried some time back were 15,000K I think and I didn't like those but they were used and I got them for free so it was worth the try. The current hamiltons have proven to give good growth to my SPS so like I said. Still not sure which way to go.
You have SE mogul bulbs right? What about trying out the Radiums? I also have 10k bulbs (Ushio), but I am thinking about switching over to the 20k Radiums next time to get the awesome color pop from the corals. From what I have heard recently, the growth is also great with the Radiums.
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So where can I get Hamilton Bulbs from?
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Ryshark,

I don't like the look of the radiums. The guy I got those ballasts from switched from XMs to radiums and he went with their 10,000K bulbs and they are too blue for my liking. I actually think I'm going to get reflux 10,000K bulbs and continue with my T5 and VHO actinics.

Tank, Hamiltons are available on a lot of different sites. marinedeopt, hellolights and several others. I've also seen them for sale on ebay.
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Its taken about 3 days for me to read this thread. Talk about a wealth of knowledge in one thread, unfortunately there's always mistakes and mishaps that go along with knowledge. Im new to this hobby and loving it and you have taught me a lot. Thanks for taking the time to post all of this, im sure it was hard at times. I havent seen to many pics of your old bowfront but the 120 looks great. Im looking foward to see what you do with your canopy. I have a 110 gallon that im going to build for and will probably follow your footsteps. Thanks again.
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