Hello all, and thank you in advance to all who reply!
I'm a new a new user to this forum, and i've noticed quite a bit of useful information for a newbie like myself.
I plan on starting out a new SW
130g tank, but i'm hung up on the lighting. As an electrician i'm able to get ahold of regular "run of the mill" ballasts and metal halide lamps, there is no need for me to buy a lamp/ballast unit as I can wire the unit myself and build a fixture. I can pick up a 400w ballast for approx $70 cnd and a 400w bulb for $15 cnd
..... Will any old metal halide bulb work, or are some better than others? Will an ordanary MH
bulb (250w or 400w) with a "K
" rating between 10,000 - 20,000 harm aquatic life? Has this been done before or is there certain filters required for such bulbs?
Thank you for your time.