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Old 06-29-2007, 07:34 PM   #11
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Did you loose your canopy altogether? I really like the look of the MH better as well
FWIW I built my own canopy for my VHO/MH combo. You can see it in my gallery if your interested. MH need at least 6" of clearance from the water, more like 8-10" preferably, to avoid excessive heat transfer to the tank and to avoid splashing which can cause the hot bulb to shatter. 250 watt MH would be best for a mixed 100 gal reef IMO, but 150/175w would be alright.

Have you thought about VHO lighting instead of PC? They give great color and you should be able to fit a few over an 18" wide tank. Retro kits come w/ everything including reflector, and should mount up pretty easily. VHO wattages= 4ft lamp=110watts/6 ft lamp=140 watts. A few 6 ft lamps should provide plenty of coral choices, if MH lighting is not an option. HTH
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Old 06-29-2007, 08:49 PM   #12
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Well it looks like I am going to stop the order of the canopy, and go with MH lights. The aquarium shop said I could get 3 250 MH lights. Does that seem like overkill? I would think 2 250's would be fine. I'm not worried about cost at this point I have already spent a grip...just want to get the right lights for all type of coral, and I like the blue hue of the 250's.

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Sorry for taking so long to respond...I custom built my stand and canopy,



the back is open and there are 3 fans in the top to remove heat. 2 blow down into the canopy and one large one blows up and out.



I have other pics if you would like to see them...just let me know.

Again this is a total of 570watts dual 175 MH and 220 VHOs
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4x96w would allow you to keep a large variety, if not all, lps and soft corals. The alternative to halides are T5's, which can be used to house sps. If you go with halides, 2 250w, 2 175w, or even 2 150w would work.
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4x96w would allow you to keep a large variety, if not all, lps and soft corals. The alternative to halides are T5's, which can be used to house sps. If you go with halides, 2 250w, 2 175w, or even 2 150w would work.
I agree. 3 x 250 is too much, IMO.



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The wattage of the bulb has nothing to do with the color. The K rating is what determines the color. A 150 watt 20k bulb will look the same as a 250 watt 20k bulb (though less intense, I know, same color temp). If you get 250 watt bulbs and you like the blue hue, make sure you go with atleast a 14k or 20k bulb. I tend to think 20k is too much blue, but it's all in personal preference.
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Well I went with the Sunpod HQI 3 250 MH 14k with the led's. Thanks for all your help guys...I'm sure I will have more questions down the road. I will have pics up as soon as my tank and stand arrive.

I went with what some may think is overkill, but I want to house a variety of sps corals.

I also ordered a RO/DI system.

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When placing your corals in your tank make sure not to put any lower light corals too high in the tank. That is a lot of light for the tank. I expect you could keep just about any SPS out there and clams.
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Well I went with the Sunpod HQI 3 250 MH 14k with the led's... went with what some may think is overkill, but I want to house a variety of sps corals
I think you will really like it. 2 MH would not have been enough for a 60" tank IMO, the corners would be very dark -especially if supplemental fluorescents are not used. 150-175 watt MH's would have been a little on the "light" side, IMO, for high light corals such as SPS, clams, etc as well. I have 2x250 MH over my 55 gal w/ no regrets at all I have just about everything from a sinularia leather to polyps to gorgonia and anemones and many SPS. Some animals prefer shaded areas, but it makes for a more natural look when things grow in IMHO. Enjoy!
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