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Old 02-07-2013, 02:08 AM   #1
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lighting.. halide questions

So, its finally time to upgrade

I have a 120 g reef set up with fish and coral. I used to have a great lighting set up the guy from the lfs sold me and set up. Well, a couple of months ago. ..poof! Smoke came out of the top and it died...

Anyway, have been borrowing lighting from the lfs, but need to buy one. The old lighting was metal hallides with t5 s..anyone know of a good place to buy something similar? I think its cheaper online, but there are so many options! Anyone know of good brands and or sites that are ok to purchase from? Also any advice on specks? I have a few hundred to spend before hubby freaks, so cost effective is also good....thanks!!
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:30 AM   #2
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Going halide again or LED?
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I honestly dont know... I kniw leds are supposed to be best, but arnt they thousands of dollars? Ibdint get that big of a budget unfortunately. ..any ideas?
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Just an option but you can replace ballasts and stuff in the bad unit. Or buy the stuff to make your own there are plenty of diy YouTube videos
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150.00 with shipping -- Taotronics model on Amazon. 130watt both blue and white with separate cords. I plan to get a second.

For 50 dollars more you can get the dimmable model.

2 year warranty

Should easily fit in your budget. Plus save you on electricity and bulb replacement.

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150.00 with shipping -- Taotronics model on Amazon. 130watt both blue and white with separate cords. I plan to get a second.

For 50 dollars more you can get the dimmable model.

2 year warranty

Should easily fit in your budget. Plus save you on electricity and bulb replacement.

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+1 I've heard a lot if good reviews on them
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:19 AM   #7
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There is the blue.

There is the top with 3 fans and 2 switches.
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Wow that is affordable! So I am going to sound really dumb for a sec cause I know nothing about tthese. ... how many would I need? There is different colors? Take is a custom 120 but a 48" light fits over the top... its deep though

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Like will one set work for me? Do the grow all the corals?

Lol thanks again
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Nice tank. Really nice tank. They are specifically for corals. That is a big tanks. You might get away with 2 because there is 120 degrees (angles) of light they put out.
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Love the way the rock is set up.
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