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Old 05-13-2003, 04:03 PM   #11
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Is the 50 gal 36" wide? If so I would use 96 watt power compacts. If you wanted to upgrade you could fit 4 of them over the tank and keep anything except the most light demanding corals.

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Old 05-13-2003, 04:14 PM   #12
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I would suggest that you get a VHO, or MH light in the beginnig to avoid what i had to do: I bought 110w PC on my 48" 55gal, and i had to upgrade as soon as my tank finished its cycle. I added a 48", T8 at 96w to the 110w PC and NOW i have enough light to support those kool corals that everyone wants.
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Old 05-13-2003, 04:21 PM   #13
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I understand the point about MH, but why would you suggest VHO or T8 over PC??

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Old 05-13-2003, 04:27 PM   #14
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PC bulbs cost more...IMO
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I agree that VHO are about 30% cheaper than PC, but PC lamps last longer. I dont remember the exact life of each bulb but pc can last 12 - 16 months(I keep mine for 12), I believe VHO last about 6 months.

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PC bulbs are also more intense than the VHO's.

Also, 4x96 is 384 watts of light and you can grow almost anything you want under that much light. That is 7.68 watts per gal.

MH are better, but you can add later if you want by using a retro fit.

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Here's my setup. I went with the Berlin method for the natural look and best efficiency. I use a sump because I want my tank clear of as much equipment as possible.

http://www.marks-aquaticlife.com/page1.html
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