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Old 12-16-2011, 07:30 PM   #1
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lighting upgrade help please..

I would like to have some.feedback on lighting choices i currently have a current fixture that is 3 150 watt halides thats it stuff has done great but would like a combo of halide and t5 but no idea where to begin on brand or bulbs any help is great thanks.. Tank is a standard 125 gallon..
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what are you looking to spend?
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:02 PM   #3
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Old 12-16-2011, 09:43 PM   #4
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then look into LED fixtures. you will need 3 of them and you can get decent ones at around 400 a piece. as potent as halides with much less electricity usage and virtually no heat.(not all LED fixtures are created equally, so please research them, and by research, i don't mean hearing one person's short experience and considering it law)
if you are still stick on halides, i would buy 3 of these-
Lumen Bright Pendant Kits | CoralVue
they have the highest reflectivity in the industry.

of you can squeeze a couple extra bucks, i would say this is the very best metal halide fixture you can get-
Lumen Bright/T5/LED Aquarium Lighting Fixture | CoralVue
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Old 12-16-2011, 09:51 PM   #5
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Thank you for the reply where would i look for the leds at.. How are you lighting your personal tank..
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I'm partial to T5HO lighting. i'm not ready to fork over thousands for LEDs and i prefer T5's to halides.
if i had a 125 with a canopy, i would retro fit 8 x 80 watt t5's in the canopy (they are 5' lamps, and i would stagger them so that they evenly light the entire tank)
if i needed a fixture for that tank i would use a 6' fixture and try to find a 16 x 39 watt unit (8 lamps per 3 feet). if not, a 12 x 39 (6 lamps per 3 feet) will do fine. much better than what you have now. i would use a mixture of high end lamps in it and the tank would look like a scene in the movie AVATAR.
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oops- as far as looking for LEDs, i would check out different forums and see what people are having good service with. i'm talking about sps growth and coloration. some people view a soft coral expanding to try to absorb more light as growth. i'm speaking of actual skeletal growth.
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i would totally agree with mr.x

i would never even recommend halides to any reefer, they are just out dated in todays world. power costs are so high and halides just add to the expense, as well as they cost an arm and a leg to replace the lamps. LEDs or T5Hos are my suggestions
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but t5 HOs are not cheap either. high end lamps are 20 bucks a piece, x 16....
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So long story short halides are over rated kinda.. I.just want to be able to keep anything i have been very lucky with the light i have now has done ok.job just want to upgrade it after first of year and still learning all this.. So mrx could you tell me what light you would buy then you seem to have alot of good answers i do not have a canopy guess i could build it
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