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Old 05-27-2012, 11:47 PM   #11
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those lights are sitting on a fridge i picked up that im going to be using for my diy live rock
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:47 AM   #12
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Those MH's fixrtures will work, you just have to make sure you can get the right type bulbs that will burn mounted vertically. Most of the aquarium MH bulbs are made to be mounted horizontally.
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:55 PM   #13
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Well I'm looking into getting some of the hammertone like u have cause those ones you made look cool. But if I can't find a good supplier out here I'll have to try something else. Do you think the radium bulbs will work or is that a no go? I wanted to use those on my tank. If not I can always try another bulb.
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Old 06-02-2012, 03:42 AM   #14
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New update I just did the frame for the canopy. currently it's sanded and ready for it to be painted / polyed. I did a layout for were the lights will be. I want to put a few T5 blue plus but not sure how I'm going to put them in. I was thinking about sticking some 24" ones the width way 2 in every space so a total of 6 2 on each side then 2 in the middle but im not sure if they would provide enough coverage or I could stick 2 60" in the front and 2 on the back. What do you guys think would've best for the layout?
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Old 06-02-2012, 05:47 AM   #15
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Ok after some thought and looking at a few things i think i might go with some 10w Super Actinic blue hybrid Led's. was thing about spreading them out with 5 along the back 5 along the front and then 2 in the middle and 1 on each side heres a small little layout of it. I know its a crappy drawing.
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:34 AM   #16
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I read something about you putting the tank by a window? I would advise against this. Unless you enjoy algae. Looks good so far!
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The spot I was gonna put it originally was near a window but the window was gonna be covered so no light would get through. I'm in the process of getting a loan to get a new house so the place it's going will change yet again once I get the house. Hopefully they let me know I'm accepted soon so I can find a spot in the new house to put it.
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Old 06-03-2012, 04:04 AM   #18
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Another update::
so i started working on that big chest freezer i have that im using for my DIY live rock Project. I have cut a 2" hole in it and hooked up some pvc piping to it and a mount for my metal Halide Im going to stick on it. The PVC is for my water pump im hooking up to it. to cycle water through it and keep it nicely mixed up. im also gonna hook a filter up to it as well. Just need to get a few more pieces of pvc and some tubing and it will be ready to be filled. Then ill get the radium 20000k Halide light and the salt for it. Then i can start my live rock making. I plan on making a bunch of caves for the fish to hide out in. Ill post some pics on my progress in a few.
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Exactly what type of ballasts are those? You need a M155 pulse start ballast or an electronic ballast to fire Radiums. What you have are not electronic. Check if you can see any markings on them. Either M155 or M57 for a probe start ballast (which will not fire a Radium).
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my ballast is a m59 ballast. hers a link to it: http://www.greenelectricalsupply.com...h-ballast.aspx
If that doesnt work what bulbs would? i did find something that said a Helios will work.
im also looking into getting the m155 ballast.
what do you think of this ballast as well
http://www.prolighting.com/40mehapustba.html
I get to make my own case for them so thats kind of fun.
also i would prefer just to get atleast 1 bulb for the m59 ballast since its just for the diy live rock tank so it doesnt really need the best light ever but for my main tank i rather dish out the extra cash and buy better ballast for the better bulbs so i can get better results. What do you think would be the best ballast for the radiums or should i just go with leds? if i go with led how many 10W Super Actinic Blue Hybrid Led do you think i would need for a 30" deep tank if those would even work for it?
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