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Old 11-09-2009, 06:24 PM   #11
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the light i saw it for 40 bucks and at the lf the cheapest one i saw was 350
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wow, that's quite a markup. I wonder what the difference is? I imagine the reflector quality isn't as good, but reflectors aren't THAT expensive
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Old 11-09-2009, 06:39 PM   #13
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and actually the reflector on the one from home depot are shinier than the ones for fish thats why i was wondering , the only thing ill have to make a base but thats easy and ill get a clip on fan so it cools it down and the fan is like ten bucks
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You MUST match the wattage of the bulb and ballast. You can't run a 250w bulb in a 175w ballast for example. You would be fine with a 175w ballast and a 175w Iwaski 15k bulb. You will get as much PAR from that bulb as many 250's and it's a bright white color.

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wow, that's quite a markup. I wonder what the difference is? I imagine the reflector quality isn't as good, but reflectors aren't THAT expensive
You get what you pay for. A good, quality reflector will run around $100 or more.
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Old 11-09-2009, 08:03 PM   #15
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sorry to steal this thread but i also had a questions about MH...im looking at purchasing this unit and wanted some feedback...

24'' Metal Halide 150 HQI T5 HO Aquarium Lighting Light - eBay (item 180381727208 end time Dec-09-09 08:57:15 PST)

have a 55 gallon tank thats 22" deep...and its a corner tank
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Old 11-09-2009, 08:08 PM   #16
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You MUST match the wattage of the bulb and ballast. You can't run a 250w bulb in a 175w ballast for example. You would be fine with a 175w ballast and a 175w Iwaski 15k bulb. You will get as much PAR from that bulb as many 250's and it's a bright white color.


You get what you pay for. A good, quality reflector will run around $100 or more.
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Was just about to say the exact same thing. You need a ballast which can be expensive sometimes.
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Old 11-09-2009, 09:06 PM   #17
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oh ok so i wont only need the light but the ballast aswell? and can i find the ballast at home depot or lowes too? or where would i found it?
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Im not to sure about that. It may come with a ballast, But if not they would propably sell them there.
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oh ok cool ill go and check it out tomorrow after work
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