Thanks Joe. I have to tell you the lighting was the most difficult and frustrating thing I've encountered in a long time, too many options and opinions on what's best and what works. Building the fixture was the easy part once i figured out what I needed.
I went with electronic ballasts, Once i get them and run them for a while, If they are creating too much heat then I'll relocate them (Change order). My goal is to keep everything in one spot for easy maintenance and removal, as of now with the T5HO ballast there is no problem with heat.
I'll see how long it takes me to get the confidence in my ability to handle the tank before i think about corals plus the tank has to mature yet. It is tempting though. When I get the ballasts and the MH
's fired up I'll post some pics.