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Old 05-06-2004, 04:17 PM   #11
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Thanks obx! That makes sense looks easy enough too. I wonder if the the other ballast are similar to the graybar?

Now I just need to decide if I want to disassemble the PC fixture I have or look at something else. Might see about something else since I don't what to be without light all together.
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Old 05-06-2004, 04:19 PM   #12
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a MH bulb, attach a plug and mount it? Do the ballast need to be enclosed in anything? I have space under the tank in the stand.

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Check this out. I mounted my ballasts under the cabinet also. I have also used a plug to connect them.

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewto...21619&start=20
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I think that you may be limited to the Iwasaki bulb with the set up in the link that I posted. If you want to go to that route, go to your Home Depot armed with the Advance ballast #. HD's carry Advance products and should be able to order the ballasts for you. Somebody posted that they did that and got the ballasts for about 29 bucks a pop.
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Old 05-06-2004, 04:39 PM   #14
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I wondered about that. I had not heard of that bulb mentioned on here before. I have seen mentioned on ebay that some ballasts allow different brands of bulbs?
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Probe start ballasts(M57, M58, M59) which I believe an Advance ballast is, will let you run a wide variety of bulbs including the Iwasaki, Hamilton, Coralife, XM and CoralVue to name a few. I've only run Coralifes and Hamiltons on my M57 ballast so I can't say for sure about the others, but the web site I posted earlier in this thread says those others will also work.
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The ballasts I used are Advance and are fully encapsulated, like in the photo from the link above. They sell for 88.00 at Grainger. You could probably find them a bit cheaper but not too much I don't think. I am currently running (2) Hamilton 2000K 175 watt MH on them now. They work just fine. The ballasts are fairly easy to mount and are less than a foot long. I just mounted them to the back of the cabinet on metal standoffs that I made so the heat would not be directly on the wood.
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That should say 20,000K...LOL
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Alright, I have been researching this an it seems like it might just be easier to buy one premade.

Parts:
2 Advance ballasts 2@$30
2 Iwaski 6500k bulbs 2@$59
PFO reflector/socket 2@$45
This is $270 and ballasts boxes and wiring will be needed.

Then a supplimental light(VHO or PC will be needed) Not really sure on the pricing here.

Then I see this on Ebay:
4' MH VHO light 2x250 2 110 VHO and 2 10K MH bulbs included $395

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...300609085&rd=1

How does this compare? I don't mind building but I feel I have to research too much and end up on here asking too many questions Seems like this would be a bit more expensive but would mount to a canopy with ease and all would be taken care of.

Thoughts?
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Sending you a PM ellisz, I may have an answer for your probs...
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