Originally Posted by e_murray
Is a ballast a ballast?
I have been looking at TEK retro kits and have chosen the ones I want to buy...
My Dad the Electrician... found a brand new case of T5HO Electronic Ballasts in his shop.. (willing to donate to me)... So all I would need to buy are end caps and individual reflectors...
Will these be just as good as anything else?
As long as that's what you're running (54w), then it's gonna be a great buy, as in FREE lol. A ballast just needs to match the bulbs they're driving and sylvie is a great mfg (I use many of their products).
Originally Posted by Smitty
I don't know but would really love an answer to this as well. I'm sure some ballasts are better than others but do you need specific ones for aquarium use?
Nope, ballasts and bulbs are universal. But if it's labeled "for aquarium use" like many things, you get to pay 2.5x as much for it