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Old 10-21-2011, 02:55 PM   #361
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Since I changed the water today I just couldn't help myself, I added another 10lbs of base rock and re arranged most of the corals. I'm also debating on whether to move some coral frags from their plug and moving them to a flat plug rather than the ones with the the long piece on the bottom. Having a heck of a time finding spots for those guys, I'm actually running out of room in this tank now. LOL I'm sure I will tinker with this tank again soon, I'm still not 100% pleased with the look.

I am also thinking it's time to change the lighting. I'm thinking either a 4 bulb cheap T5 setup or a 250w odyssea metal halide fixture. Would 250w be too much for this tank?

Any input would be great guys, I'm kinda torn between which lighting to get.
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Old 10-21-2011, 03:52 PM   #362
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They have LED fixtures now!!
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Old 10-21-2011, 05:55 PM   #363
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From what I've been reading why an Odyssea? They all replace the bulbs, fan and ballast. Why not go for a good one to begin with and save yourself the hassle? Still using my Sunpod, but if I have to replace it, I'm thinking of this unit.
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Old 10-21-2011, 06:00 PM   #364
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From what I've been reading why an Odyssea? They all replace the bulbs, fan and ballast. Why not go for a good one to begin with and save yourself the hassle? Still using my Sunpod, but if I have to replace it, I'm thinking of this unit.
http://www.marinedepot.com/Aqua_Medi...FIMHMT-vi.html
I've had my Oddysea Metal Hallide fixture for a bit over a year now. And I haven't replaced anything but the bulbs which I only did once and that only costed me 60 for 2 t5s and 2 250w 20000k bulbs. The fixture becomes warm but not really hot and I don't see which metal hallide fixtures don't. It seems as if they used to make bad models but the ones they have now are cheap and work efficiently keeping all the corals I used to have including SPS, LPS, Shrooms, clams, brains and more.
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what are you lighting the tank with now ( sorry, i skipped a few hundred pages...lol)? i wouldn't go with a halide at this point. what's wrong with your LEDs?
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Old 10-21-2011, 07:27 PM   #366
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I never got around to the Leds', running a single 150w metal halide fixture now, a clip on version. I'm just not feeling that this light is enough for the corals, while they aren't dying or fading I just think they can do better. I also had hopes of adding a clam at some point soon. And some other hard corals.

I was thinking the odyssea just as far as price point, I really can't afford the LED's I want and would like an upgrade. I also would love to have blues in addition to the halide, I kinda miss having the blues and whites cycle. And I would really really love moonlights, Odyssea is one of the few halide fixtures that come with them.
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Well, why not try them then? I'm just cautious because of the ridiculous low price. To me that just means low quality materials. JMO, considering I paid about $350 for my 150 watt 20" Sunpod (which still is kicking after many years).
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save up for the LED fixture. don't settle. get an aqua illuminations SOL blue.
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Or get a 150w Hallide with 2 T5HO actinic. That will provide you with lots of blue
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she's got a 150. that's the reason she's unhappy..lol. a couple actinics aren't going to make the difference she's looking for.
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