Originally Posted by ouderbear
I can't afford MH
right now, plus I know they eat up a lot more electricity ( more $$).
Not really that much more...and it really depends on what you want to keep. If you end goal is SPS
, anemones, clams, ect... , it'll cost you a lot more in the long run to upgrade to MH
later if you put a high powered fluorescent system in now.
My 90 gal. is 24" deep but 4" of that is sand and it is probably 1" down from the top. That leaves me with 19" of water. My options are T5, VHO or PC. Suggestions?
My suggestion would be 4 48" VHO
's with an Icecap ballast and a good reflector. You'll probably need fans as well. Although you could go with PC
's and get the same wattage, I don't think it will benefit you that much. Startup cost will be higher as well. It's just really easy to put VHO
on a 48" tank. If you have a canopy, you can get 46.5" bulbs that still give you 110 watts each.
(you may have to cut and paste the above link due to the acronym description)
(about $250 with bulbs)
The following will get you two 250w MH
retros for $100 more than the cheaper VHO
system...somthing to think about anyway.