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Old 11-09-2009, 01:49 AM   #1
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Metal Halide

i have a few question about them, yesterday as i was looking to buy one i went to alot of lfs maybe like 10 if not more, and i noticed that some of them were nice and some looked like the ones you would find at home depot. and i asked them if i could use one of those from home depot and some said yes but that i needed to change the bulb and that ill need a ballast and a fan. some said no. and some said that i just needed the bulb and some didnt know. so my question is can i use one from home depot if i change the bulb? and if i cant why cant i?, i dont really mind how will it look like since im building a big wooden canopy plz help me out, pretty much i only needed in once spot due that my mom wants a clam and one hard coral really bad
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Old 11-09-2009, 08:48 AM   #2
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Old 11-09-2009, 10:19 AM   #3
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cool thanks, also what bulb will be the best to use
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Old 11-09-2009, 05:38 PM   #4
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What wattage? Are you looking for more PAR (whiter colored bulb) or more color (less PAR)?
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Old 11-09-2009, 05:47 PM   #5
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well i dont really know im running 6 t5 that are 54 w each, and i just know that i need a MH for clams but not wat wattage i need and what kind of bulbs
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Old 11-09-2009, 06:00 PM   #6
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Well once you find the wattage out, Go something like 20000k, Gives a good white/blue look. How big is your tank? I'd say try to aim for 250watt, Ive had good sucsess with that.
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Old 11-09-2009, 06:05 PM   #7
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i have a 75 gal but wouldnt too much light burn my other coral because i was planning on keeping my t5's, thanks for reply
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Old 11-09-2009, 06:10 PM   #8
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I have a 55gal cube, I run a 250w SE globe. My corals are thriving, I brought a elegance coral about 3 months ago, Its about 3x its original size, And my Duncan coral has about 6 or more heads. My Anemone is about double its size. And my poylps and mushrooms are spreading like crazy.

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Old 11-09-2009, 06:18 PM   #9
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oh ok cool so any halide fixture will work for the 250 w bulbs or should i get one that says 250W
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Old 11-09-2009, 06:20 PM   #10
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interesting, how much does a MH fixture cost at a lowes/home depot?
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Old 11-09-2009, 06:24 PM   #11
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the light i saw it for 40 bucks and at the lf the cheapest one i saw was 350
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wow, that's quite a markup. I wonder what the difference is? I imagine the reflector quality isn't as good, but reflectors aren't THAT expensive
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and actually the reflector on the one from home depot are shinier than the ones for fish thats why i was wondering , the only thing ill have to make a base but thats easy and ill get a clip on fan so it cools it down and the fan is like ten bucks
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You MUST match the wattage of the bulb and ballast. You can't run a 250w bulb in a 175w ballast for example. You would be fine with a 175w ballast and a 175w Iwaski 15k bulb. You will get as much PAR from that bulb as many 250's and it's a bright white color.

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wow, that's quite a markup. I wonder what the difference is? I imagine the reflector quality isn't as good, but reflectors aren't THAT expensive
You get what you pay for. A good, quality reflector will run around $100 or more.
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sorry to steal this thread but i also had a questions about MH...im looking at purchasing this unit and wanted some feedback...

24'' Metal Halide 150 HQI T5 HO Aquarium Lighting Light - eBay (item 180381727208 end time Dec-09-09 08:57:15 PST)

have a 55 gallon tank thats 22" deep...and its a corner tank
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You MUST match the wattage of the bulb and ballast. You can't run a 250w bulb in a 175w ballast for example. You would be fine with a 175w ballast and a 175w Iwaski 15k bulb. You will get as much PAR from that bulb as many 250's and it's a bright white color.


You get what you pay for. A good, quality reflector will run around $100 or more.
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Was just about to say the exact same thing. You need a ballast which can be expensive sometimes.
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oh ok so i wont only need the light but the ballast aswell? and can i find the ballast at home depot or lowes too? or where would i found it?
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Im not to sure about that. It may come with a ballast, But if not they would propably sell them there.
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Old 11-09-2009, 10:45 PM   #19
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oh ok cool ill go and check it out tomorrow after work
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