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Old 11-06-2008, 02:33 AM   #11
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I apologize for my post. It may have seemed careless and crude. The bottom line is that I don't have a lot of cash to spend. Now, with that being said. I do have two 80w ballasts and am only running 80w from the both of them with 4 lights. I read the article "Lighting a reef tank: a primer for beginners" it says that 24" HO lights use 75 watts. Is it possible to buy two HO lights, get rid of the others, and run two HO instead and create more actual light? Thank you for all your advise. It is well appreciated.
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Old 11-06-2008, 02:44 AM   #12
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Will this lighting system do? This is something I can afford.Remember this is only a 29 gallon tank. Thanks! http://cgi.ebay.com/AQUARIUM-LIGHT-24-REEF-ODYSSEA-130WT-POWER-COMPACT-U6_W0QQitemZ360096861241QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Defa ultDomain_0?hash=item360096861241&_trksid=p3286.c0 .m14&_trkparms=72%3A1208|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240 %3A1318
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Old 11-07-2008, 01:02 AM   #13
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well, i cannot speak for other posters, but, i think maybe what the message was, not that you cant build your own fixture, but rather, that you have to spend some kind of money to at least get the proper parts if you dont have them already.

now, i dont know salt water tanks, but i did some hunting, and found that the lumens and color temp and wavelenth is only available from the lights they spoke of, or from some swirl type bulbs, the big brothers of what i use, and even those arent "cheap"... a 8k+ kelvin swirl thats a 65 watter seems to be rather expensive even in a 4 pack. the small craft lights i use were 20 bucks for 4 of them, but they are only 14 watter's...

anyway...my suggestion is ask the salt water guys the type of light you need, and if you can get away with a swirl type bulb set up, go for it. if not, save your money and get the right stuff!
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Odyssea, I believe have overheating issues.
Throwed, have you checked out Mike's DIY lighting?
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Old 11-07-2008, 06:17 PM   #15
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I have this fixture (well the 260w version) and they do over heat and burn out the fans at the ends of the fixture. Be prepared to replace the entire fixture after about a year of use. I had to replace one of the ballasts after 6 months.

If you can save up a bit you would be far better off buying a TEK retro kit. I think the 24" versions run just under $100. I can get them locally for $95. T5HO is going to penetrate the water better then PC and far better then the other lighting you were talking about.

Check on Criagslist in your area people are always upgrading things and selling off their old equipment.
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I was going to suggest you go with some type of retrofits. They are cheaper but with VHO lighting. I`ve used VHO lighting for ten years and I dont think it`s rubbish. At least that`s not what my pics say if you check out my images. I also including a close up of my retrofits

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Cool, Mike, that was the actual shot I was looking to post!
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Old 11-08-2008, 02:46 AM   #18
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What about the 80w ballasts I have? Are they good enough to run VHO? I know they are kinda old but they still work.
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Ohh, by the way. All of your pics are awesome. I envy you and your creativeness. Thank you all for all of your help.
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No the 80 watt will not run VHO`s. I believe my ballast are 400 watt. I have to run 2 of them as I have 4 160 watt VHO bulbs.
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