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Old 08-30-2009, 06:34 PM   #1
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Lighting for 90 gallon reef

I am building a 90 gallon mixed reef and need some help with the lighting.

What is the difference between a 4 X 110watt Ice Cap VHO setup and a 4 X 54watt T5 HO setup?

VHO setup = IceCap VHO Retrofit Kits

T5 HO Ballast = BallastWise - E-Ballast DXE4HO5U
I have saw this ballast used in a few builds. Then get lamps, reflectors and stuff from hellolights.

I am also going to run 2 X 250watt HID bulbs

Ballast = BallastWise - HID E-B DXE250HID1

Reflectors = 250W HQI (Double Ended) MH Reflector - 6125035

Bulbs = 1400K Phoenix Bulbs

What is the thoughts for coming up with the best lighting and growth?

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I`m very partial to VHO`s but truthfully T5`s have more intensity. If you ate already going to run MH`s then maybe the VHO`s will be a better match because you`ll already have good intensity from the MH`s. Either will compliment your MH`s IMO.


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