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Old 02-07-2008, 11:12 AM   #1
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Lighting my 120

Another area that has puzzled me with my new 120 is lighting.

I know basically what I want and how much I can spend, what is the easiest way to get there.

My tank is 48" long so i wouldnt mind either using 2 pendants or one full 48" for the top. Either way.

I want to have 2 -250w MH for light and then 2 95w VHO Super Actinics for other lighting.

How can i get there? The whole fixture/ballast/light/reflector thing slightly confuses me. Any ideas?


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Old 02-07-2008, 11:28 AM   #2
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You need to do some basic research. Take a look at this fixture which has 716 watts; 2-250 watt MH, 4-54 watt T5 and 9 blue & 9 white lunar.
Look at other manufacturers to see what they offer.

Can you explain your confusion so we know how to respond?

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Old 02-07-2008, 12:58 PM   #3
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Well first ive done my basic research. Thats why I know what I want for my tank, i just dont know the best way to go about it.
First off that fixture is way to expensive but thanks

Basically, I want to achieve the set up of:
Have at least 2 - 250w MH and 2 - 95w Actinics

What ive looked into is using 2 Lumenarc Mini Reflectors, then inside that Id like to use a Coralvue Electronic Ballast (id need one for each right?) for the 2 - 250w MH with Reeflux 12k bulbs
Does that set up make sense and is that all i would need with that? OR is there a cheaper way to do that.

Then for the 2 -95w I take 2 Icecap ballast kits and then 2 VHO Super Actinics and put them in there.
Does that set up make sense?

Is there anything else i need, and where are the best places to get them.

Thanks, sorry for the confusion.
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You will find an Odess.. fixture on ebay that is pretty close to what you are looking for for 350$ (I think) + shipping, but you can expect to replace the MH ballast with a better one since it's a low wattage (Output is 160w, light looks green, replace ballasts, 2 x 15K 250w MH (Bulbs included) light looks great).. so you would be looking at about 450$ or so (4x65w PC actinics bulbs included) You've already searched out a good ballast..
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That should all work fine. Nice choice for the reflectors. You can get a ballast that runs 2 MH's and same with the VHO's. I bought my VHO ballast that runs 2 6' VHO's for $55 at my local electric supply store.
If you can't get the VHO bulbs from your lfs, shipping makes them pretty expensive. I know I tried 2 lfs's to get my bulbs and neither could get them for me, but there is a not so lfs an hour away that stocks them so the drive was cheap for me than shipping.
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can't help u w/ MH, but u can get some nice compact lights from here...

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