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  1. General Reef Discussion
    In The Conscientious Marine Aquarist it says that Metal Halide is the only way to go for reef tanks. Although every fish store I see has the soft coral under VHO. The book also states the reason some people don't like metal halide because they replace the normal lighting with the new halide...
  2. General Reef Discussion
    is the foot print large enough for a 50g? (36X18X18) would i still need to supplement with actinics? it's a 10K bulb. Also, does Aqualine make good bulbs? i know some single ended MHs have been mentioned on the board more than others, and was wondering if HQI bulbs vary in quality also...
  3. General Reef Discussion
    I am going to be building another canopy for my tank to include two halide lights. I know they should be at least 8 inches off the water so I have taken this into account. I currently have 4 110 watt vho's. In my current canopy they almost sit right on the water. When I add the halides, how...
  4. General Reef Discussion
    I was just wondering: What is a good metal halide ballast. What brand that is, I am just wanting peoples experiences with different ballasts, heat, energy consumption, and so on.......
  5. General Reef Discussion
    I need to know how far above the MHs need to be from the water surface. I have heard alot of different opinions. So how far should the top of the canopy be from the rim of the tank? Thanx so much.
  6. General Reef Discussion
    Hello, I have a question about my lighting. Right now I have 1/96w 6700k daylight bulb,1/96w actinic bulb pc compacts and 1/175w 10k MH bulb. My Question is, I would like a slighly bluer effect when the halide is on, my coral don't seem to like it whe it is on seems to yellow. What should I...
  7. General Reef Discussion
    Hello, To give you some background information, I am starting up a 40 gallon breeder reef tank. I would like to keep different types of corals, hard and soft. My dillema is this: I dont know what type of lights to get. I was looking at getting a PFO brand 175 watt Metal Halide at 6500k...
  8. General Reef Discussion
    Question regarding all our urchin talks. Never did have an ID on this one, other than what the lfs called them last year, cant remember. Anyways, I was changing out the sump and had to move my pair to a tub. I also handled lots of other things in the reef, so am not counting anything out...
  9. General Reef Discussion
    Hey everyone I'm new to the forum and figured I would just chime in and say hi! so.. Hi! Some background on me: I have been messing around with salt water fish for awhile now. In the late 80's I was messing around with undergravel filters, canister filters, and cheap lightning on my 55...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    just got 6 250 watt metal halide bulbs from someone and was wondering if they were suitable for tank use. here are the specs on them sylvania metalarc lamp m/ms (this code is for use horizontal) 250 watt any help on these would be great :eek:
  11. General Reef Discussion
    Remember the old analogy christmas light over a dixie cup? well a dixie cup holds an ounce of water The avg. christmas light is 4 watts once ounce is equal to .0078125 Four watts divied by .0078125 is 512 Soooo....if i put a christmas light over a dixie cup i have 512 watts per gallon...
  12. Lighting Archive
    After much debate (with myself), I have all but decided to get myself a canopy and retro four VHO bulbs in it, rather than go with PC or MH. Question is: what bulb combination do I go with ? I saw somewhere that an online vendor recommended two Actinics and two 50/50's for reef and two Actinics...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    Ok, I just called my friend who has a friend who wants to sell his 70 gallon tank. He has had the tank for like a year. I don't think he has the cash to really do anything interesting with it. So what is a good price to pay him and what will it take to upgrade it to support a reef system...
  14. LPS, (scleractinians with large polyps)
    Hello, I have a hammer corals for about three months now. Everything was find until my tank temp reached 64 degrees. I lost one fish and my plate coral but everything else seemed to hold on. What a ugly site to see the fish almost dead on the bottom but came back to life after i got the tank...
  15. General Reef Discussion
    hello! I am brand new! Wait til you see what i'm doing (well, at least im excited!) I just invested 1 year of my life building my 1200 sqft basement around my brand new not even filled yet 200g all-glass with overspills. I've been reading all the books! Im now ready to purchase all my...
  16. General Reef Discussion
    I have a 30/g reef that I am moving to a 90/g I would like to be able to keep just about any thing even clams. Does this lighting set up sound ok?????? 1:}Lighting 250 Wx2 Ballast PFO Lighting Retrofit Metal Halide kit for two 250 W bulb. 2:}8' Cord/Mogal Socket/reflector PFO Socket assembly...
  17. Tank Specs
    Equipment: A 75 gallon tank, with a 20 gallon sump. Sen 700 for sump return connected to a 1" Sea Swirl, and a Sen 700 feeding an ETS ReefDevil 3 skimmer. Also in the sump is a Computherm 300w heater, a ground probe, and a Micro-Jet MC-430 powerhead which feeds a K2R calcium reactor. Lighting...
  18. Tank Specs
    100g tank originally set-up around 5/99 "crashed" 6/00 restarted 3/01 upgraded to 135 on 9/1/01 total overhaul 3/03 135g Reef Tank Oceanic glass Reef-Ready Tank 3-250w 65k Iwasaki metal halide bulbs powered by 3 PFO ballast 4-160w VHO actinic Custom skimmer built by Geo Custom built hood and...
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