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Old 03-31-2011, 11:50 PM   #11
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What ever you buy make sure it has a warranty! Odyssey doesn't. I just picked up a Hamilton dual 175 MH with dual 55 watt CF for $50.00. When I tested it, it would start up for about 2 minutes then shut down. I found the lamps where pulse start and the ballast was probe start. So after buying new lamps it works fine. Now I'm stuck with 2 175 watt Hamilton 10k lamps slightly used.
I also have a 72" 150 watt x 3 HQI fixture that smoked after 5 months that I'm uneasy to use after the cheep fans died and took out one of three ballast.
"I found one that has good reviews that is cheap that I am wanting to try." I wonder who gave the good reviews?
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i'd say go with atleast 6x54watts but 8x54watts would be better for SPS and anemones
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so which would be better? t-5 or MH? and if I did t-5 how many bulbs would I need to do all coral?
that's up to you and your needs/wants. like i said, both will work, but each has it's pluses and minuses.
for a 75 gallon tank i would want 2 x 250 watt halides or 8 x 54 watts of t-5. you might get by with less, but that's ideal IME.
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What ever you buy make sure it has a warranty! Odyssey doesn't. I just picked up a Hamilton dual 175 MH with dual 55 watt CF for $50.00. When I tested it, it would start up for about 2 minutes then shut down. I found the lamps where pulse start and the ballast was probe start. So after buying new lamps it works fine. Now I'm stuck with 2 175 watt Hamilton 10k lamps slightly used.
I also have a 72" 150 watt x 3 HQI fixture that smoked after 5 months that I'm uneasy to use after the cheep fans died and took out one of three ballast.
"I found one that has good reviews that is cheap that I am wanting to try." I wonder who gave the good reviews?

you can always replace the fans but have you opened the fixture up to see what was smoking?
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thank you so much guys. if I were to ask this question at my lfs they would talk down to me for asking what they would call a "stupid question" and just make me feel dumb. apparently your suppose to know this stuff by birth. lol
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thank you so much guys. if I were to ask this question at my lfs they would talk down to me for asking what they would call a "stupid question" and just make me feel dumb. apparently your suppose to know this stuff by birth. lol
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that's up to you and your needs/wants. like i said, both will work, but each has it's pluses and minuses.
for a 75 gallon tank i would want 2 x 250 watt halides or 8 x 54 watts of t-5. you might get by with less, but that's ideal IME.
do you know any websites that sells them for a cheap price?
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there really are no dumb questions, and thats what we are all here for, to learn. everyone here has their own level of knowledge but at the end of it even the most knowledgables learn new things.

if your LFS does do that then maybe look for a new store to go to.
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do you know any websites that sells them for a cheap price?

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you can always replace the fans but have you opened the fixture up to see what was smoking?
I even bought a replacement ballast but I just can't trust it. I like smoked fish just not my pet fish.
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