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Old 11-18-2012, 11:28 PM   #1
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Metal halide, leds, or t5s?

Don't know which to go with, I would like to have most corals and anemones. I can get metal halides for 299.99 at my LFS but I have a glass cover to my tank and I don't want my water boiling.. If I do get a MH can I put just one fan pointing at my water to cool it down? My tank is a 37 gallon, 3 feet long and a foot deep, 20 inches high I think. Any suggestions?
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:33 PM   #2
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Don't know which to go with, I would like to have most corals and anemones. I can get metal halides for 299.99 at my LFS but I have a glass cover to my tank and I don't want my water boiling.. If I do get a MH can I put just one fan pointing at my water to cool it down? My tank is a 37 gallon, 3 feet long and a foot deep, 20 inches high I think. Any suggestions?
Can you take the glass cover off? Ive been running mh250w x 2 on my 55g never once had temperature issues but my room temp dont fluctuate roomtemp will also play a role
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:33 PM   #3
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I would check prices online, I know my LFS is very helpful but also very high. I know there are group deals at bulk reef supply, I have also purchased equipment on ebay.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:40 PM   #4
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Taotronics.
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I can take it off but dust gets into the water :s plus the glass keeps the water from evaporating so fast. Do metal halides run up the electrical bill a lot?
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I can take it off but dust gets into the water :s plus the glass keeps the water from evaporating so fast. Do metal halides run up the electrical bill a lot?
Not sure about electric bill but ive used mh for few years just bought some leds imo mh are better for sps leds maybe for lps but my acros do not like led
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How many fixtures of the taotronics would I need?
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How many fixtures of the taotronics would I need?
Mh also have higher uv which is better for sps so depends on corals you wanna keep
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Dont want sps, mostly softies.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:11 AM   #10
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Dont want sps, mostly softies.
Then id go leds do a 60/40 blue/white ratio to make colors pop ebay has several 120w fixtures
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