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Old 08-03-2009, 03:51 PM   #41
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The inside of the tank is going to be about 78-77 inches long. the middle brace shouldn't be too wide. so a 36" fixture should work nicely
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Old 08-03-2009, 03:56 PM   #42
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OK, answer me this. Whats the difference between MH and T5s? Do they allow you to keep different corals or something? Are they stronger light?
Metal Halides > all imo

2 250w metal halides 10-14k + 2 48" actinic fluorescents would allow you to keep a large variety.
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OK, answer me this. Whats the difference between MH and T5s? Do they allow you to keep different corals or something? Are they stronger light?
As far as I know, T5's have the same output but without the heat. I don;t know too much so don't take my word for it. :]
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I like the way that sounds speakerman, but those are long enough that I wouldn't be able to put two fixtures on it. Do they come smaller?
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two metal halide retro-fit 250w lights, one centered over each section of your tank.

You can get single T12 fluorescent fixtures for 15 bucks from lowes or home depot, and the actinic light for like 20 bucks online or 45 bucks from petsmart. So use two single fixtures, one light in front, one in back.

or you can do 72" actinics but that may prove to be a lot more costly and harder to get fixtures/lights
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I think one giant fixture would cost more in bulbs in the long run. I'll check home depot for those. Thanks!
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:29 PM   #47
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yah know, you might need to use a pendant fixture.
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:33 PM   #48
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Hanging it would be an easy way to get it above the tank... but would a pendant fixture be large enough? The look awfully small.
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they are meant to be able to put light in a large amount of area. im not sure, but you might want to get two because of the size of your tank.

http://www.aquacave.com/detail.aspx?ID=2026
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I'm always impressed with reflectivity of lights. That's 15" and probably would light my tank extremely well. In looking at them I got hung up on the fact that it's only 15"
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