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Old 02-16-2005, 05:05 PM   #1
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how long can i wait to pruchase lights?

I just set up my tank and am saving to buy my lights. i was wondering how long i could wait to use lights. im gonna buy live rock on friday to cycle my tank out then buy a MH and VHO retro next friday. could i do this or no?
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Old 02-16-2005, 05:30 PM   #2
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There is no need to buy the MH and VHO lights until you start stocking your tank with corals. Having them over your tank during cycling will help in corraline growth, but is not required. Until you want to add corals, you would be fine with NO lights.

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Old 02-17-2005, 01:49 AM   #3
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I agree i've even heard that the lights are there mostly for us 2 see the fish and thats all, unless u got corals.
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Using the standard light fixtures that come with most tanks will be fine for what you describe.
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Old 02-17-2005, 10:35 AM   #5
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Agreed, no need for lights on tank while cycling. I didnt run a light on my tank the entire 6 weeks and had no algae at all when completed,
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cool i was just gonna go with 4x 96w but i figured i would like to keep clams and corals so if im gonna spend that much i might as well save for MH's too.
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Old 02-17-2005, 05:54 PM   #7
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What type of halides were you thinking of getting?
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dont know yet... any suggestions or advice on what to get. i have a 75 gal tank
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I agree, buy mh now...you will want them later and spend more money working to get there. I am no expert, but I would estimate that 2 x 175w mh would work well on there. Maybe even 1 175w and 1 250w for the side with the clams? They cost pretty much the same. An actinic pc or vho would be the finishing touch for dawn / dusk effect. Do you want retrofit kits (mount to under your canopy) or a complete hood?
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