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Old 01-21-2004, 04:28 PM   #11
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OOPS, that was my fault. You are right I'm talking the actual coral not the LR. What about something like this?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=46314
Retro is semi-DYI, is it worth doing that rather then a full DYI or just dropping the extra cash? I like the idea of doing some of the work but i dont want to mess it up.
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Old 01-21-2004, 04:36 PM   #12
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That is basicly the same as this....

http://www.hellolights.com/48reflectors.html

Linked a few replys above.

DIY is great for saving money. You would have to construct the enclosure and alot of people prefer this because they can build something custom to fit their needs/wants rather than going with some prefab setup. The wiring is not hard and it should come with a wiring diagram and directions. People with zero electrical background can setup these retrokits.
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Old 01-24-2004, 07:24 PM   #13
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Which would be a better setup?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=46314 = $529 for the set up + $30 for the stand option + $40 S/H = $600

OR

http://www.hellolights.com/48fixtures.html
1 48" MH / Fluorescent Hood -Coralife
Color: Solid Oak
Select: 6500K/VHO(+$70)
Shipping: Additional Oversize Charge(+$24) 643.00
Subtotal: 643.00
Shipping: 25.95
Tax: 0.00
Total: 668.95

OR

http://www.bigalsonline.com/catalog/...d1=1843;pcid2=
Subtotal: $599.99
Standard Shipping: $35.31
Taxes: $0.00
Total: $635.30

OR

http://www.aquariumlight.com/product_info.asp?dbid=239
48" DUAL 175 Watt Metal Halide / Dual 110 Watt VHO All Aluminum REEF Canopy 48D175MHD110VHO $499.95
(2) Venture 175 Watt 10K Bulb Upgrade $0.00 (this has got to be either a typo or a sale)
Subtotal: $499.95
Shipping: $55.00
Sales Tax: $0.00
Total: $554.95

Here's a good question for you guys, how long do MH's last? I read 1.5 years is that right?

Thanks again for all the help, i'm learning more and more every day just reading everyone's posts!
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Old 01-24-2004, 10:16 PM   #14
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Well when you say reef how much and far do you want to go. i hve a 46 gal tank with a PC hood on it and i will not be ble to greow sps but will be able to have some cool looking soft and inverts. before you get your lighing you really should look through some books and deside what you want to grow. and then think about the lighting after words.
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I do want to at least have the option of SPS and other hard corals and if i'm going to spend 300 on PC i'd rather not be forced to upgrade later on. Everyone i've talked with has praised MH's and I always hear "if i started over i would have used MH's."

On another point, I hear AquaC's are highly praised skimmers, which one would be best for an in-sump setup?
Everyone seems to like the Mag Drive pumps, but I've read that out of sump ones are quieter? The distance my pump will have to send water is about 4' so should I get a Mag 5 or a 7?
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