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Old 11-09-2009, 01:49 AM   #1
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i have a few question about them, yesterday as i was looking to buy one i went to alot of lfs maybe like 10 if not more, and i noticed that some of them were nice and some looked like the ones you would find at home depot. and i asked them if i could use one of those from home depot and some said yes but that i needed to change the bulb and that ill need a ballast and a fan. some said no. and some said that i just needed the bulb and some didnt know. so my question is can i use one from home depot if i change the bulb? and if i cant why cant i?, i dont really mind how will it look like since im building a big wooden canopy plz help me out, pretty much i only needed in once spot due that my mom wants a clam and one hard coral really bad
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Old 11-09-2009, 08:48 AM   #2
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Old 11-09-2009, 10:19 AM   #3
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cool thanks, also what bulb will be the best to use
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Old 11-09-2009, 05:38 PM   #4
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What wattage? Are you looking for more PAR (whiter colored bulb) or more color (less PAR)?
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well i dont really know im running 6 t5 that are 54 w each, and i just know that i need a MH for clams but not wat wattage i need and what kind of bulbs
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Old 11-09-2009, 06:00 PM   #6
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Well once you find the wattage out, Go something like 20000k, Gives a good white/blue look. How big is your tank? I'd say try to aim for 250watt, Ive had good sucsess with that.
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i have a 75 gal but wouldnt too much light burn my other coral because i was planning on keeping my t5's, thanks for reply
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Old 11-09-2009, 06:10 PM   #8
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I have a 55gal cube, I run a 250w SE globe. My corals are thriving, I brought a elegance coral about 3 months ago, Its about 3x its original size, And my Duncan coral has about 6 or more heads. My Anemone is about double its size. And my poylps and mushrooms are spreading like crazy.

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Old 11-09-2009, 06:18 PM   #9
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oh ok cool so any halide fixture will work for the 250 w bulbs or should i get one that says 250W
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interesting, how much does a MH fixture cost at a lowes/home depot?
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