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Old 03-21-2004, 02:23 AM   #1
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Bulb replacement!

Just want some advice on bulbs. I have purchased a CSL dual 175mh and 2 48" vho set-up. It is used and needs new bulbs soon. What is the best combination of lights for a general reef system? I am fixing to really get this tank (75g) of mine going.
Right now it is FOWLR(only 3 fish). But those days are limited. I am interested in adding some corals and other neat creatures. SO what vho's and MH's give a good overall light spectrum and where is the best place to buy them?
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I would suggest Coral Vue 10k MH and URI actinic 03 VHO's.
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Old 03-21-2004, 07:01 AM   #3
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I would suggest Coral Vue 10k MH and URI actinic 03 VHO's.
I agree, I biught my coralvues at captiveraisedcorals.com
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Check out CaptiveReefs.com, a site sponser. they are having a speical this month on MH bulbs. I believe it is even the Coral Vue brand. Otherwise, I have heard great things about XM bulbs, and you might want to consider the 20,000K if you want really high light type corals. JMO
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consider the 20,000K if you want really high light type corals. JMO
IME higher kelvin bulbs are not as bright as lower. 6500K appears much brighter than a 10000k or a 20000K. A cheap 10000K will shift spectrum quickly, a 20000K more so. Use higher kelvin bulbs for deep water corals or to enhance colors. Corals grow faster under 6500K. If you are going to supplement with actinic vho's I suggest 6500K. 10000K will be decidedly bluer. I don't recommend 20000K.

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Thanks for all your advice. I will follow it! Maybe soon I can really get this thing up and going in the direction I want.
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