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Old 03-31-2011, 10:22 PM   #1
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So I got my MH today, and guess what... it doesn't work! I found one that has good reviews that is cheap that I am wanting to try. it's called Odyssea 48" 500w LED Metal Halide Aquarium Lighting Reef Living Lamp
it's around 200, it fits my budget and it looks really nice, I have a 75g saltwater tank, 20g sump/fuge, and 75lbs of live rock and sand.
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:24 PM   #2
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To be honest Odyseaa makes an Ok product. but just ok. Nothing special. I have a t5 fixture from them and I personally love it. It was cheap for a temporary fix. Not sure I'd go MH with the quality of the products being what they are.
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:35 PM   #3
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What should I get then?

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Old 03-31-2011, 11:09 PM   #4
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i say get T5s

cheaper and they give you better PAR or you could go with a DIY cree LED system
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:17 PM   #5
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I'm wanting sps and lps though

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Old 03-31-2011, 11:23 PM   #6
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Odyssea has a history of their MH units catching on fire. They've improved their product line since then I believe, but it's still something to consider as you do your research.

When I did my lighting on my 72, I found some used MH icecap ballasts and ran 2x175MH for about $200 and had plenty of light for SPS.
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you can run SPS with both LED and T5, higher PAR means bigger corals with a nicer glow
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it depends on the fixture, lamps, ballasts, and reflectors of both t-5 and metal halide fixtures regarding PAR output, but you can keep anything you want under either type of lighting provided you do your research and purchase the correct setup for your needs.
i was under the impression odyssea products were not UL listed. i also heard of them starting fires on occasion.

the more affordable brands that come to mind are current, sunlight supply, coralife. i have even heard wavepoint, and aquatic life weren't bad.
as you spend a few dollars more you go towards hamilton, aquamedic, giesemann, aquactinics, ATI, and the list goes on.
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i've seen some ATI T5s and they are retarded expensive if i remember right a6 lamp 24" was $600 with bulbs
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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?
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