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Old 03-07-2009, 02:57 PM   #731
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I have 2 250w IceCap Electronic ballats. I'm going to be using 10,000K XM bulbs.

You should get some nice growth with that setup. That is very similar to what I went with too. Galaxy Electronic Dual with 2x ushio 10k
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Old 03-07-2009, 03:01 PM   #732
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Well I was getting decent growth with the dual 175s but things weren't as intense as they were before the upgrade to the 120. The dual 175s worked great on the 72 but they just don't get enough light deep enough in this tank. I've always planned on upgrading to 250s and when a local reefer offered his IceCap ballasts up I jumped on them.
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Sweet, I think the Ice Cap is one of the best e ballasts available.
It doesn't seem like there are many more people like you and I running 10k bulbs with actinic supplement anymore. The 14k w/actinic and 20k with no actinic seems to be really taking off.
I still have many many months on my 10k bulbs, but I am thinking about jumping on the bandwagon when it is time to replace them, because the bluer light does make the coral colors "pop" more.
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I have run 10,000K, 14,000K and 20,000K bulbs on my tank. I would much rather have the 10,000K bulbs with the higher par rating and have actinic supplement. I have 220w VHO and 108W T5 for actinics so I have all the blue color I need and I get the benefit of great growth from the 10,000K bulbs.
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That was the thinking I had too. I have 2x 250 watt 10k halides with 280-watts super actinic VHO. You may have a little more blue than me because of the T5 too. I will be curious to know if you lose a little bit of the blue when you go from the 175 halides to the 250. Keep me posted.
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As soon as the bulbs get here I'll let you know how it works out.
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Progress on the lighting upgrade.

I have the T5 endcaps attached and it is now hanging over the tank. I still have to rewire the T5s and mount the VHO endcaps.
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I have the VHOs wired and running and since my 250w bulbs didn't come in today like they were supposed to I wired up the 175s for now. I don't want my reef without light for too long.

I still have to run the wire for the T5s but that shouldn't take much time. I have the ballast mounted in the fish closet next to the VHO ballast its just a matter of running some wire.

When the MH bulbs come in I'll get those ballasts mounted and run the wire for them.

All in all I'm pleased with how things have turned out. I'll get some updated pics posted tomorrow.
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Looking good, I look forward to seeing the updated pics tomorrow.
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I got the T5s wired up and the wire zip tied down on the rack. As soon as the 250w bulbs get here I'll get those ballast wired up and ready. Here are some shots with the T5s on and running. I had to turn the MHs off to get a decent pic.






All in all I am happy with how this has worked out. Now I have to get to building the surround that will cover the lights. I'm going to make it very light and easy to remove. Basically it will be a shell that just sits on the frame of the tank. That project will have to wait though.
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