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Old 01-20-2005, 12:10 PM   #11
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I have a 2x250 MH setup on my 75 gal. I will agree on the heat issue but I also have a closed canopy. I seem to have more issues in the winter though.

Room temperature will be the key. My wife likes a cool house so summer is not a problem. My lights do heat the water about 2 degrees. I have 2 80mm fans blowing out and 1 120mm fan blowing in.

I know a guy with a 125 gal and a 3x250 set up and he does not have heat issues but his canopy is suspended and open to the air. He does have a small fan that blows across the surface of the water.

I went from PC lights to MH and the look of the MH's is worth it IMO.

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So I don't need Actinic, but what if I like the cool effect it has on a bunch of my coral? I would miss seeing the zoos and star polyps glow. I've seen some fixtures that have both, so maybe that's my solution 2x250w 20k hqi and 2x32w pc actinic.
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Old 01-20-2005, 12:35 PM   #13
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That sounds good Bearfan. I use 2 250W 14K MH, and the Corallife 4x65w pc. The only part of the Coralife retro I use is the actinics. I don't care for the white so much, but with the 14K bulbs, and the Coralife actinics (dusk to dawn effect) I get the color hue I have been looking for. Not only that, but you will love the shimmering effect the MH has over the rippling water created by the powerheads. It looks very natural.

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Old 01-20-2005, 12:36 PM   #14
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20k MH's will give you a blue look like actinics. You would not be able to do a dusk/dawn effect with just MH bulbs though.
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or just go with 2 NO 03's due to they are cheaper and ya can have the dawn/dusk effect as well ! unless moneys not an issue go with 2 vhos with the new icecap ballasts with the dimmer have heard thats a real cool effect !!
but to save money yes ya could use the pc lights ya have now along with the mh
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I was looking at that dimmer and thought that might be cool. This is still in the planning stage so money isn't an issue as of yet. I try to determine what I want, then how much it's going to cost.
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yea if moneys no issue the dimmers the way to do for sure
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Money is only as big an issue as how small an issue I can convince my wife it is.
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heheh if shes like mine she will find a issue lol make sure you get her something real nice first it works
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I love the shimmer effect!

Sure it might cost a little more money in the summer to keep your pad cool but during the winter you will save a little money on heating.
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