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Old 08-28-2005, 08:58 PM   #1
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I'm thinking about getting a Coralife 150w 20,000k HQI Metal Halide Pendant for my aquarium. I was wondering has any1 used this (or a similar) product and could they give me some thoughts about them (would they recommend, etc)?

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Are you going to be using it on one of your current tanks? Unless it's for a larger tank, that's a heck of a lot of light.
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What size aquarium are you thinking about using this pendent for? I could see were this product would be usefull with a large hexagon aquarium.. like a 60 gallon Hex.. If you were to want to have plants.. but the bulb is in the wrong color range.. 20,000K is really a reef tank bulb (for coarls, the light is very blue).. You would want one in the 5500-6700K range.. Im almost certain they make them in 150 watts.. HTH
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Thanks for the replies.

In hindsight that idea is a bit impractical. I have a bad habit of spontaneous ideas/shopping somtimes.. lol. The reason why I thought of that metal halide was that I would use it temporarily for my plants until I saved enough money for a marine.

But that will take a while. I'm thinking more sanely now I'm thinking about getting Coralife's 96W 20" lighting fixture:

Energy Savers 20 Inch Aqualight (96W - 4-Tube)



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Coralife 20" Aqualight™ Deluxe Series - Double Linear Strip with 96 watt 50/50™ 4-Tube (quad) Compact Fluorescent Lamp w/ Square Pin Base and Cooling Fans

96 watt 50/50™ 4-Tube (quad) Compact Fluorescent Lamp Included
Built-in Ballast and Cooling Fans
Sleek Aluminum Housing
Highly-Polished Reflector
Acrylic Lens Cover
On/Off switch
Dimensions: 20" x 7" x 2.5"
Mounting Legs NOT Included

Wondering if that would be practical for plant growth? And is Coralife a reputable brand name? Thanks.
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I would say that Coralife is a reputable brand. Which tank is this for? The 20 gal tank? If so, 96 Watts is approximately 5 Watts per gal. Are you using CO2?
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Cool. yep it would be for the 20g. If I do get it I'm definately using CO2 Atm I'm only using the stock light which is only giving me like 1 wpg

Actually, would something like Seachem Flourish Excel be ok? Or should I really be getting my construction gloves on and building a DIY one?
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Excel is fine but it will start getting expensive after a while. DIY is cheap and easy, I even manged to make one.
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