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Old 10-23-2013, 03:28 AM   #311
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without a doubt go with the Tao's. id sell of the current lighting, possibly any extra fish equipment you have laying around, then go for the leds. replacing the bulbs in your t5 setup alone is half the price of the tao fixtures.
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:33 AM   #312
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ANy idea Huma how much the halide setup is worth? Along with the 2 vho's?
I know the wife said she just put in new bulbs too......
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:10 AM   #313
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This should give you an idea of there value. Or search the "C" list and see what others are asking.


250 Watt Metal Halide Lights 3 Lights with Hoods and Extra Bulb | eBay

250 Watt Metal Halide Reef Aquarium Lighting System | eBay
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:34 AM   #314
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So I posted a thread on my local reef clubs site asking for help moving the tank into the living room from the garage. It's cleaned up pretty well so I am ready to actually get going with this finally. lol

So, the hope is to get it moved this weekend, the stand we can just move ourselves since its not too heavy. The sump is pretty clean too. I put the skimmer for now into my 125g and it is a beast! I wish i had that skimmer the whole time,it is pulling out all sorts of gunk, it should do a great job on the 180g.

I'm still kinda torn on the lighting though. The canopy already has 3 250 watt halides and 2 vho actinics (they are almost 6 feet long!). Now, if I could sell this setup off I would consider buying 3 Tao Led panels but should I? I figure I can get the panels for about $400 give or take but I know the lights in the canopy arent worth that. Does anyone have any ballpark idea on how much lights like that would be used? I would love to save some money on the electric bill with the LEDs' but should I keep what I have? I plan on keeping mostly softies and LPS with maybe some easy hard corals like monti's. I ALSO have the 12 bulb T5 fixture over my 125g that i could use, BUT I need new bulbs and thats like $200 so thats not a very cost effective option.

What do you guys think? Please post your thoughts, I need some help deciding.

Thanks guys!
That's great about getting it moved in, and I am glad everything is going well. As you know already, I am not much of a help with equipment. These days I love LEDs though, that is what will be going over my next tank (which is quickly approaching, finally).
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Thanks Grizz for the links. I havent seen any on craigslist lately so I was kinda unsure. Looks like with the right buyer I can get half the led's paid for. I guess for the time being I will use the existing light setup, I am dirt poor after this so I will have to wait til next month most likely for the new lights.

Hey redsea! Glad youre following along. I am going to get the new bulkheads today so any day now.....lol When are you going to take the plunge again with a sw tank?
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Old 10-23-2013, 11:07 AM   #316
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Thanks Grizz for the links. I havent seen any on craigslist lately so I was kinda unsure. Looks like with the right buyer I can get half the led's paid for. I guess for the time being I will use the existing light setup, I am dirt poor after this so I will have to wait til next month most likely for the new lights.

Hey redsea! Glad youre following along. I am going to get the new bulkheads today so any day now.....lol When are you going to take the plunge again with a sw tank?
SOON! I honestly do not foresee me getting it any later than the end of November! I found a pretty good deal on a 75g, so I will probably go with that to start back up!
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ANy idea Huma how much the halide setup is worth? Along with the 2 vho's?
I know the wife said she just put in new bulbs too......
ive never used nor dealt with MH or VHO so I wouldn't even be able to give you a good idea but it seems as though others have given some helpful advice. I know the dirt poor feeling though lol. guess that's what happens when you buy a new skimmer and a bunch of other stuff
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I have a barn full of old MH fixtures. They aren't worth much as fish folks have gone LED. But hydro farmers still use them. Craigslist. And I don't mean "those" types of farmers.
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But you could be Greg! I often wonder what's neighbors think about the bright blue lighting that you can see out the windows for a mile...
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The police actually came and checked my house because the power bill made them suspicious. I found it is not illegal to grow coral in all 50 states. They left deeply dissatisfied.
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