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Old 12-08-2004, 02:44 PM   #1
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Time to buy some lights. Want all your opinions

I am about 4 weeks away from spending some money on lights ($300.00 - $500.00 limit)

I have a 50 g tank which is 48" x 16", about 24" high. Basically the one thing I would love to be able to keep is a bubble tip anemone. I think I would like to have some type of hallide, vho combo unit.

I'm calling for opinions on what I should be getting and a few good sources for purchasing these units. Thanks for your help and the more opinions the better.
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Old 12-08-2004, 03:23 PM   #2
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Are you sure its a 50. It sounds more like a 75. But anyway, for the 3-500 range i would look in to some PC's, maybe 4X96.
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Old 12-08-2004, 04:00 PM   #3
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I agree with Crawling68. On both the 75g and the 4x96 PC recommendation.

Any particular reason for wanting MH?
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Old 12-08-2004, 04:58 PM   #4
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do i need mh for keeping a bta? I'm pretty sure the tank is a 50g. i know it's 4' long but i may be off with the other measurements.
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Old 12-08-2004, 05:04 PM   #5
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www.hellolights.com has wonderful lighting systems
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Old 12-08-2004, 06:29 PM   #6
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With MH you can pretty much keep any light demanding corals,clams, or anemones.

Some say it isn't required to have MH for BTA's. But from my experiance my BTA's sit 9-10" down from my 150W DE MH bulb and they dont seem to mind it.

You can find some good deals on used lights. I bought my MH+actinic combo used.
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Old 12-08-2004, 07:25 PM   #7
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Same here, i bought the 4' AquaLight Pro for $500 from a member here.
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