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Old 05-21-2009, 01:16 AM   #51
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I picked up the reflectors and lights from hellolights. I'm still shopping around for the t5's. I didn't get the ballasts for the MH since I was waiting to see what advice I got from here. I'm thinking Icecaps but I'm still undecided. Any other brands that I should have a look at?
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Old 05-21-2009, 01:41 AM   #52
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Icecaps are top of the line. Also check out 1000bulbs.com they carry some different brands that might work. I picked up a workhorse7 to repair a bad ballast on one of my t5's and i'm very happy with it.
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Old 05-22-2009, 03:06 PM   #53
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pics as promised

It looks like I have to much LR but when I add up the amount that I bought I'm still under by 20-30 lbs of my 165 lb limit(110x1.5 lbs). I purchased my MH reflectors from Hellolights. I'm shopping around for my Actinics and my MH ballasts. I'll most likely go with Icecap ballasts. That will have to wait until next payday. I just did a water test and my #'s are: ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 40, SG 1.023, and ph 8.2-4. It was hard to tell about the ph with the test strip that I used. I used my back up Salifert ph test kit and it looked like it was 7.7. My API test kit showed 7.8. I'll have to do a PC to bring down the Nitrates and bring up the PH. Oh and to boot my Vortech's showed up while I was typing this.
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Electronic is much more efficient. I have both on my lights .
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Looks like you got some very porous rock that is very light. Great stuff. Should give you good filtering and such...
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The last 45 lbs I got at a LFS although I said I wasn't. I wanted to get all my LR online. But I couldn't pass up some of the nicer pieces that they had. Now I just need to sell some of my RC heli crap to pay for my 60" actinics and Icecap ballasts.
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Old 06-03-2009, 05:45 PM   #57
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My MH Icecap ballasts and Icecap 430 w/ T5's should be here by Friday. I can't wait to get the canopy made up and lights set up. Where is everyone keeping their ballasts? Underneath in the stand or else where? Man those Vortechs do create some undertow!!! I have a big empty spot in the middle of the tank from them shifting my sand bed. Does anyone know to make paneled doors? I would like to make the doors on the canopy match the stand.
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