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Old 04-19-2011, 10:13 PM   #11
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Okay so I have been looking at 24 inch reef hqi 346 w spa lunars. There is 1 250 w MH 4 T5HO 24w and 4 lunar leds in each fixture. Would 3 of these work for almost everything? It would be a total of 1038w.

Also any estimates on what that would cost a month to run?
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Old 04-19-2011, 10:31 PM   #12
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Or would a 72 inch ultra reef T5 with 2x250HQI, 4x80 T5HO with moonlights be better?
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Old 04-19-2011, 11:21 PM   #13
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honestly i'm not a fan of using MH but others swear by it. MH tend to get hot and in some cases you need a chiller to bring the water temps down. they are also expensive and the bulbs have a shorter life. you can get the same PAR value if not better PAR with T5s as well as a more pleasing glow to the corals
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Old 04-19-2011, 11:26 PM   #14
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Would 4 15k and 4 blues work or should I look for a 5 and 5? If I was going to go with strictly T5's
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Old 04-19-2011, 11:42 PM   #15
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well i'd say go with 2 3' fixtures with 8 lamps. i'd also go with 8 12000k and 8 actinic blue, even replacing the 12000 with 10000 will still make your aquarium look like avatar
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Old 04-20-2011, 12:08 AM   #16
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Ty I will look into those. And they will be adequate for most corals?
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Old 04-25-2011, 12:18 PM   #17
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Finished framing up the new stand 73x25x43. A little over kill on the strength of it but it will never break lol.
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Old 04-25-2011, 05:59 PM   #18
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thats how i'd build mine although i think i'd leave out the center braceand put the top runners long ways. i'd also use 2x6s for the top as i'd liek to place a large 4 or even 5 foot sump in the bottom.

i plan on getting a 72x24x24 180 as well, that is as soon as the person replys to my e mail
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I left enough space inside to accomadate a sump that is 60x18x24. As for using 2x6s its kinda overkill. I have made load bearing walls out of 2x4s that will pass almost any building code out there plus u loss tha much more space on the interior.
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i don't mean build the whole thing just the top so it can support the 2000lbs across a 6 foot span.

will the sump be able to go in though through the doors i mean or will it be a pain you put in even on an angle
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