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Old 01-31-2011, 12:14 PM   #1
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What do you guys think about these lights for my 150 gallon?

I'm looking for some new lights for my 150 gallon tank that measures 72" wide, 20 deep, 24 high and I'd like to keep a mixed reef with some sps, lps, and softies. What do you guys think about these lights? They're a bit shorter than my tank, so I'm a bit worried about that, but I can't find lights that are 72" for under $900 or so. I'd like not to go broke on just lights, so if at all possible I'd like to keep it in that $500-$600 price range, is this okay or am I shooting myself in the foot in the long run? I'm not opposed to waiting a month or two and saving up a few hundred dollars more as I'd rather not flush $500-600 down the toilet.

I've looked at MH light as well, but I've read that they also significantly heat your water and that I most likely would need to buy a chiller. I know I'll probably have to buy one in the future anyways, but for now I'd rather not spend the additional $500-600 on a chiller too.
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:20 PM   #2
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Hey I would get 2 36 inch 8 bulb TEK fixtures. That would cover the whole tank. T5 HO is the best way to go. Eventually you can add some reef brite LED's to it like I did.
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Thanks for the quick reply, I'll check out those TEK fixtures right now.
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:23 PM   #4
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Sunlight Supply Tek T5 High Output Aquarium Light Fixtures

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Old 01-31-2011, 12:24 PM   #5
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two of these would do!

TEK LIGHT T-5, 36" Light Fixture 6 x 39W lamps by Sunlight Supply* - AquaCave
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I have a 36" tank with a 30" fixture (reused from an old tank). It has 4 T5s and 2 150 Watt Halide.

I got it for 500 bucks from www.catalinaaquarium.com I called the place and asked for a custom fixture to my specs with nightlights and individual circuits. Really affordable, and great after the purchase service.

As far as metal halides heating the water. I don't have this problem at all in my 150 gallon tank. It has a glass water sheild and two fans, one pulling air into the fixture and one pushing air out. The air just flows through the hood and it stays cool. (heats the house nicely though).

I personally think that metal halides are the best option for a reef setup. I love the glimmer effect caused by the single point high intensity lights, while having T5s allow me to run 10K halides while still getting a nice clean white color from the T5 atinics.

Just food for thought.
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I'll check them out, and might give them a call to get a quote. Thanks for the info about the MH, I know it's not always a concern, but with the canopy that I have right now I don't think I have the required 1' above the water level for them.
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I would skip right over MH. Get the T5, you can keep 95% of corals and all other salt water inhabitants with T5 with less energy consumption.
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Old 01-31-2011, 04:25 PM   #10
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What bulbs would you guys recommend if I go with 2 of the 36" Tek T-5 Fixtures?

I was thinking

2 - UVL 34 Inch 39W/60W AquaSun Bulb 10000K T5 V-HO Fluorescent Bulb

2 - UVL 34 Inch 39W/60W Super Actinic Bulb 420nm T5 V-HO Fluorescent Bulb

2 - UVL 34 Inch 39W/60W Actinic White Bulb 12000K T5 V-HO Fluorescent Bulb

in each of the fixtures, what do you guys think? Sorry if I'm asking alot of questions, I'm in the process of setting up my first reef tank.

I also stumbled onto this 72" 12x39W fixture that looks like it comes with half T5HO 10k bulbs and half 460nm bulbs, any thoughts on this fixture?
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