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Old 09-11-2004, 09:14 PM   #1
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metal halide question

I am currently bidding on a 400 watt blueline electronic ballast with a mogul based halide pendant with a 400 watt 20,000k xm bulb. I am just wondering if this is a good setup. Any comments are greatly appreciated.
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Sounds like a nice set up. 400W is alot of light, what size tank is it for?
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Yes it sounds ver very very very very good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Maybe now you can have enough light for that LTA you bought
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50 gallon. That's not too much light is it?
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hey saltynewb nice call on the lta. You obviously pay attention
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50 gallon. That's not too much light is it?
Depends, what are the demensions of the tank.
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it is 36 long 15 deep and 18 high
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In a sense it's a bit more than necessary and in another sense, it's less. MH only has a useful range of 2ft X 2ft, so your tank is about 1ft to long. I personally would go with 2 X 250W mogul and put the mogul bases butted up abainst each other directly in the middle. You can get by with 1 400W just realize you'll be limited on the ends and the center will be VERY bright.
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If I was to line the inside of my hood with a mirror or some kind of reflective material would that help?
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Possibly a little, but good reflectors are an integral part of MH lighting anyway
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