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Old 09-20-2005, 01:52 PM   #1
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Coralife 4X65 48" light problems

So I had a pair of these lights for about 2 months and then one day one of the actinics went out on one of the fixtures. Called my fish guy who I bought them from and he brought over a new bulb. Swapped it out but still not working.

He felt it may be a bad ballast. He took the light with him. Called a week later and confirmed the ballast was bad, and oh by the way, the other 3 bulbs (which were working fine before) are now bad too. Could this be?
Are these lights that touchy?

I got a deal on this light because the clear acrylic bulb cover is cracked at the end. There's about a 3" opening on one end which exposes the bulbs to the salt air above the tank. My fish guy didn't think that would cause the light to fail. But I'm wondering.

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Old 09-20-2005, 03:35 PM   #2
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It will cause those lights to fail. Been there done that. Thats why I just purchased my MH set up. Had to different fixtures go at the same time due to the salt and moisture. It can also cause a fire. I seen flames with mine....
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Welcome to the downside of Coralife. IME, they are a great price, but you sometimes play roulette with the longevity of the unit. I have a 2x65w on my 55g that has lasted 2 years, but another unit where the salt corroded the bulb connection through the unit and caused it to fail.
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Old 09-20-2005, 04:43 PM   #4
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Make your own metal halide setup for 1/3 the price. I made a 175 watt setup for 100 bucks then added 2 10w actinics for 40 bucks. My tank is 37 gal
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Old 09-21-2005, 07:38 AM   #5
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So, it sounds like a DIY MH set up may be in my future.
But is MH overkill for a FOWLR? To tell the truth, when all 4 bulbs are on during the day, it appears too bright (for me). But I like a more subdued look.

Til then, I probably should get a new acrylic cover.

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If I were you , I would not get a MH set up unless you plan on going reef someday. Heat, Electric, money, issues that you dont need.....
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That's what I figured. Those reefers out there are just dying to convert us FOWLRs over to the other side
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Frankly, I will no longer buy Coralife products. I've had nothing but problems
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