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Old 11-17-2007, 08:33 PM   #1
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My new lights... I think...

I am thinking about getting this fixture. What do you guys think?

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...2&pcatid=12772
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Old 11-18-2007, 12:31 PM   #2
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What do you want to have in the tank?
That's nowhere near enough light for most corals, though you could add some mushrooms, perhaps a Colt Coral, and Star or Zoanthid polyps.
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Old 11-19-2007, 01:49 AM   #3
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Then what do I need cause I want to get corals down the road and might as well get the right lights now. Please help me out on this guys im so lost on the light part of reefkeeping there is way to many choices!!!
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Old 11-19-2007, 01:52 AM   #4
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Do you have about 750 dollars to spend? if so there are some options that will give you about 500+ watts enough for just about any coral. Better to spend the money now then wish you had in the beginning.
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Old 11-19-2007, 02:53 AM   #5
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You could go to hellolights and buy a couple of 250 watt electronic ballasts, 2 hqi reflectors, and 2 12000k hqi mh bulbs for about 400. You gotta connect it yourself but its not hard, completely safe, and alot cheaper.

But how big is the tank? Might need less...
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Old 11-20-2007, 09:46 PM   #6
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its a 37G 36" long I really dont want to spend much more than 200 I can do without the hard corals Maybe just soft corals? I just dont want to put my life savings in it lol wait i dont have a life savings..... uh oh....
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Old 11-20-2007, 10:52 PM   #7
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Oh, I thought it was a bigger tank. 1 250 watt metal halide is fine for that tank. If you go with a 14000k you don't even need actinics. Would cost you right at 200 bucks to do it yourself. You should be able to have just about any coral. The more demanding ones would just have to go nearer to the surface.
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You are talking about the T5 HO's....156w? Those light are fine IMO for just about any softie or LPS.
250w MH is overkill for your tank, unless your tank is deeper than about 25". If you want MH, 175 is plenty.
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Old 11-20-2007, 11:08 PM   #9
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I don't really want a DIY thing and I like the look of the T5 I posted with the legs is there anything like that I can use? My tank is 16" deep BTW.
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http://www.hellolights.com/index.asp...ROD&ProdID=237
This is what I have about the same price as what you are looking at and more wattage. I have it on a 46g bow its 198 watts giving my 4wpg but if you have a 36" 37 gallon thats 5.35 watts per gallon which may even be enough for some SPS corals maybe(someone else may have to chime in on that) Its definately not enough for my tank though.

I am wanting to get more wattage to eventually do SPS (I thought I could get away with what I have but I am however becomeing addicted to this)
I was wondering if anyone had some thoughts on adding a pendant light on top of the lunar aqualight I have. https://www82.safesecureweb.com/weba...ry_Code=CAPH1P
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