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Old 12-31-2012, 12:48 AM   #1
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Currently over my 135, I have a 2x150 watt hqi ballast. I am looking to upgrade but am having a hard time finding a unit that will penetrate through almost 26" of water. Should I just go with a couple 250 watt metal halides? Will this handle the job? I want the ability to grow anything in the tank up to sps. Any ideas?? Thx
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:54 AM   #2
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Besides MH, look into LED fixtures. It would save you some money.
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:56 AM   #3
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Can they penetrate that depth and still put out enough light for my lps?
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:59 AM   #4
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Yes as long as you got the proper optics. I think you would need somewhere around 60 degree optics for each 3w LEDs.
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I"ll have to def look into them thanks!
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:22 AM   #6
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LEDs will surpass the depth halides would. A pair of these would allow you to grow sps on the sand bed-
New Dimmable 120W Aquarium Coral Reef Fish Tank White Blue LED Light White US | eBay
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:19 AM   #7
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Thanks X. How are the colors with these?? I've done just a little research but I've noticed that the higher end fixtures have red and green as well... What do you think of these colors in a fixture?
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My corals don't seem to need them. They grow like weeds. I love the way these make my tank look too. I think it's a matter of personal preference more than a need.
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:07 AM   #9
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Thx again, will def keep it in mind
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:36 PM   #10
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You can also check out reefbreeders value fixture. It is the same as the ebay fixture except, you get more colors (helps make different colored corals pop) and and a 2 year warranty for an additional $30.
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