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Old 04-10-2011, 03:15 AM   #11
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Not if the tank is over 24" deep.

There are definitely great lighting options, but I don't think MHs have been replaced, yet. If anything does it will be the microwave powered plasma lights.
+1 electrodeless plasma rocks unfortunately the tech is extremely new so extremely expensive if you even find someone that will sell to you. Some prefer t5 others mh but t5 certainly hasnt replaced mh
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i have checked various halide ballasts and lamps against t-5 setups and have found them both to be comparable, even over a 30" deep tank. it definitely depends on which bulbs, which ballasts, and which reflectors, but besides the shimmer of metal halide, you can manage the same PAR with either.
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Definitely. One of the best tanks I have ever seen in person was all T5s and the guy had all sorts of SPS growing like weeds and clams at almost every depth, definitely can be an equivalent.
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Just bought a 250 w metalhalide with two 65 w powercompacts and 8 LEDs i
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I ordered it too steve, except mine is 442 watts i was wondering the same, if I was over powering my tank. I hope not 250 MH light and 2 96 watt power compacts.. with leds lunars ... I was thinking if need be I could take the 250 watt bulb down to 150 Watt MH bulb.. right ?
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not without replacing the socket. i'm assuming you are talking about a double ended lamp. the 150 watt lamp is shorter than the 250. what size tank ladybug? if the 250 is too intense, you could use a higher kelvin lamp and that would decrease the intensity.
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not without replacing the socket. i'm assuming you are talking about a double ended lamp. the 150 watt lamp is shorter than the 250. what size tank ladybug? if the 250 is too intense, you could use a higher kelvin lamp and that would decrease the intensity.

It is a 46 gallon bowfront. However I switched over to a 6 x 39 watt t5 after steve told me the one he ordered for his tank with the MH from the same place I was considering heated up his tank quite a bit and it had to be suspended 14" above. not to mention the fixture was 15" wide and my tank is 12" on the sides and 16 in the center.. i didn't want light spillage.
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