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Old 01-09-2013, 11:14 PM   #121
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:51 PM   #122
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No clue but if you get them lets us know how they are.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:28 AM   #123
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That's a lot of light for a 55. You certainly could grow whatever you wanted but I think a fixture with the option for low light at the start and end of the day would be better. That fixture will be full on for the whole photoperiod. I'd go LEDs. Do you know the replacement costs for the bulbs?
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That will definitely work, but don't forget to factor in it will use twice as much electricity to run, every year you will need to replace the bulbs (probably $75 or more for quality bulbs), and since metal halides put out so much heat you may need to get a chiller for your tank or find some other way to keep the temps down.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:16 AM   #125
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Well my tank is in my basement and I live in kansas and it gets pretty cold so I thnk I will just have to turn my heater off.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:08 PM   #126
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do you think these would produce alot of heat
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:59 PM   #127
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Yes, they will.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:44 PM   #128
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[QUOTE=Beau_123;2269684][QUOTE="ccCapt;2266936"]I am all for DIY (I DIY'ed my entire setup except for my current LED lights), but almost every DIY LED lighting system I saw looks like a frankenstein project with wires and drivers hanging out all over the place. If you don't mind that type of look, go for it.

If you want a more "finished" look, I highly recommend buying an LED system, but you will be hard pressed to find anything for less than $300 for a 4' tank.

These are very popular, but use only blue and white LED's. I use similar lights over my 125 and can grow and keep anything. 2 units will run you right around $300.
2 Dimmable 120W Marine Organism Aquarium Coral Reef Fish Tank LED Lamp White US | eBay

[Quote] I am getting these.[/QUOTE/] so i am just making sure this will work for any coral on my 55g 48x12" aquarium.
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It works for coral, but I don't like seller donnot mention the actual made of the chip. Reason y I kno? They said it is either birdgelux or Cree. However, birdgelux is impossible the same cost of Cree when comes to cost, and also the 120w Cree is almost equal to 180w birdgelux or even more. I have been making mistake on the zetlight fixture I sold that I told ppl on thereeftank forum it was made with Cree and someone on the forum almost put a shooting target on my head and rage about it.
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