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Old 06-29-2005, 05:39 PM   #1
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Have VHO retro kit coming - what bulbs to get?

I have a dual bulb retro kit coming in the mail cant wait
what bulbs should I get to start out
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10K and an Actinic would be fine.
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now my next question is should a get a 2nd VHO kit later down the road when my wife allows me to or should I break the bank and get a dual MH retro kit and combine the 2
i really do want to get sea anemones....not sure as to what other corals but i hate to be limited
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If you can convince your wife to let you buy a MH kit, go for that. Save the money on a second VHO kit and buy a MH Retro..you can get a reasonable setup for relatively cheap.
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Old 06-29-2005, 06:34 PM   #5
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Get URI 10k and URI SuperActinic bulbs. Something like $22 and $24 each, respectively.

I'd combine the VHO with MH, of course. But when you get MH swap the 10k for an 18k to add some color to your tank, assuming you will go as pure white/blue as possible with the MH.

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so basically i wont be able to to keep sea anemones with 4 VHO?
the part i dont like about the MH is not only is the kit MH pricey but the darn bulbs are outragouse - how long do they last?
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MH bulbs are just as much as VHO bulbs, so scratch that idea -- you're probably just looking in the wrong place. The reason we all suggest MH, is, obviously, it ends up looking better and having VHO to supplement IMO ends up looking the best.

...and sure, you can keep Anemone's in VHO -- I have one.

BTW, get rid of the damsels while you still can!!! (Tho fortunately you have the more peaceful kinds.. non-black/white).
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what will the damsels do?
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This is not true for all cases, but most get very territorial and aggressive. They pick on other fish and stresses them out. If you start feeding them with a net, it'll be easier if you ever want to catch them.
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URI bulbs are the best IMO, I run 2 super actinic and 2 actinic white bulbs and have a BTA with no issues.
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