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Old 09-09-2005, 08:29 PM   #1
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Metal Halide DIY help.-

I came across a brand new Hydrel metal halide ballast from a friend for free to see if I can utilize it to save even more money on my DIY lighting setup, I will be going to pick the ballast up tomorrow however im not sure if it will be compatable. I have all the specs though, if anyone can help me out that would be awsome!

Hydrel 277V 175W M57 Metal Halide Ballast
Model # HSL-5530

Watts: 175
Volts: 277
Lamp type: M57

If there is anyway for me to use this lighting ill have a very nice 4.7 watts per gallon to start my first reef/fish project while spending under 100 bucks! Thanks again!
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Old 09-09-2005, 10:04 PM   #2
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Have you found a bulb to fit it? do you have 240V(im pretty sure thats what is needed) wired to your tank location? I think the normal MH bulbs are M38-40.. but.. thats just from reaserch.. HTH
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Old 09-10-2005, 12:27 AM   #3
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im guessing i cant use it, i already ordered the reflector and the mogul, i dont think this ballast is compatable ill just have to buy a different one.
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since you have ordered a reflector and mogul already see if you cant find a pulse start bulb and Ive got a decent deal for a MH ballast link.. http://www.prolighting.com/mehaba.html HTH
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already ordered a bulb, highly doubt its pulse start
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Old 09-10-2005, 05:18 AM   #6
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWN%3AIT&rd=1

thats the bulb i bought, it says it will use M57 or whatever so now i might be ok?
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3' fine sand bed 1x Orange Stripe Prawn shrimp goby, 1x sixline wrassemated pair of true percula clowns, 1x CBS shrimp, 2x peppermint shrimp, 1x pistol shrimp, 1x tiger tale cuke, ~20+ snails, ~10+ hermits, 1xserpent star.
green Bubble coral, hammer coral (8 heads!) ,various Zoos,green finger leather, green star polpys ,shrooms
175w 10k MH
28w actinic 03
2x maxi jett 1200
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that looks like it would work with either.. good show.. it says pulse or probe start.. :P
you would need some 03 suplementing for corals though.. its 10K
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Old 09-11-2005, 04:41 AM   #8
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Ok awsome i didnt even read that when i purchased, so which ballast do you think i should buy from your link you sent? thanks again!
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Hagen powerfilter(for running carbon 24/7)
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http://www.prolighting.com/17mehapustba.html

this one can be wired to 120V.. and its about $54 HTH
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