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Old 08-29-2004, 10:55 PM   #1
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Metal halides for my 46g. bow front please look

Hello, I have found a metal halide pc retrofit on ebay it has 2x96 watt pc actinics and a choice of either 2x175 watt mogul base metal halides or 2x250 watt mogul base metal halides. I would like to get the 250 watt ones but I am not sure if it will overheat my tank. I will have 2 fans blowing across the water anda 12g. refugium which should help keep my tank cool. Please give me your opinions on if you think my tank would over heat. I do not want to have to add a chiller.
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Old 08-29-2004, 11:18 PM   #2
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definenlty get the 250's, never have enough light (well actualy you can)

btu definently go with the 250's
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Old 08-29-2004, 11:18 PM   #3
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Do you think it will over heat my tank?
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Old 08-29-2004, 11:36 PM   #4
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Please help me I am buying the lights soon.
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Old 08-29-2004, 11:38 PM   #5
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what I did with my vho and my pc lighting was, I mounted an in-duct fan and screwed it into the canopy, it works great.
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Old 08-29-2004, 11:41 PM   #6
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I run a 2x250 set up on my 75 gal with a fuge and sump. I have 2 3.5" pc fans blowing out and my water temp has been hitting 84.

If you vent it right, you should be ok. 250 seem to be the most popular but I am not sure the depth of a 46. 175's might be fine. Heat difference on the two might be neglible though.

Not much help on this sorry. If you have to pick get 250's. They would be easier to sell if you need to downgrade.
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anyboy else think it would overheat?
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It may it all depends on the ventilation in the hood. You live in a humid climate so evaporation will not be that high so that kind of hurts you a little. You can always try it.Chillers are prtty affordable now!
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Anybody got any pics of their setup? I am thinking of adding MH to my 65 gal DAS soon.
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Old 08-30-2004, 06:30 PM   #10
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About how much do chillers run for my size setup. Also my parents keep the airconditioner in my house at 72-77 degrees year round here in florida. I am gonna run it without the glass tops to.
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