Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 03-24-2005, 03:04 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: San Jose, Ca
Posts: 135
Metal Halide Bulbs

Im finally ordering a metal halide fixture for my 80gal, it is a dual 250w electric ballast. The guy im buying it from is going to throw in 2 free bulbs.. 10k or 20k. When i went to my LFS they had a 14k that i really liked. My question is if i get 1 20k and 1 10k will I get something inbetween? Will the side of the tank with the 20k be bluer than the side with the 10k or will it blend.
__________________

__________________
popothemailman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2005, 04:57 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: philadelphia. PA.
Posts: 2,679
Quote:
My question is if i get 1 20k and 1 10k will I get something inbetween? Will the side of the tank with the 20k be bluer than the side with the 10k or will it blend.
You will see a difference in the tank, they will not blend. Each MH will cover approx. a 2x2 foot area at best. IMO I'd go w/ the 10k, although it might be a bit yellow. Actinic fluorescents will help. I personally use 14k 2x250w MH w/ 2x110w VHO actinics.
__________________

__________________
Mike
MT79 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2005, 09:51 AM   #3
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Posts: 1,022
Send a message via AIM to Anemoneman Send a message via Yahoo to Anemoneman
I would install both bulbs. See what it looks like. If you want to try a 14K, buy one and try it. It won't hurt to change bulbs around to find something you like. I run two 6500K and 4 NO actinic. There are many combinations of bulbs to use. Trial and error may be your best bet with what looks best on YOUR tank.
__________________
Mark
Anemoneman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2005, 06:57 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: So-Cal
Posts: 640
I have one each 14k and 10k (175w) on mine. You can definitely tell the difference from one side to the other. That's not necessarily bad. Sure helps me decide which bulb to replace!

And, I'm in no hurry. When I'm tired of what I see, I'll get to it.
__________________
55 gallon
dual 175 MH w/ dual 32W PC Actinics
75# LR
runway1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
bulb, bulbs, halide, metal, metal halide

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Metal Halide bulbs ... any in particular? OceanMist General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 7 07-29-2005 04:09 PM
Metal Halide Bulbs mrpope Saltwater Reef Aquaria 9 06-22-2004 10:21 AM
metal halide bulbs jerejohnson Saltwater Reef Aquaria 17 01-21-2004 12:41 PM
Metal Halide bulbs EMS503 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 2 09-27-2003 12:22 AM
Metal Halide bulbs reefrunner69 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 9 12-09-2002 06:11 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:03 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.