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  1. General Reef Discussion
    Ok, this is the second time I will be switching from LEDs back to metal halides. First time around was more of a cost/cash flow issue, this time around.... it is something else. (I told the wife the LEDs overheated... but I think they are fine. I needed an excuse to do away with them) LEDs were...
  2. General Reef Discussion
    Hey all! What wattage HQI would be good for a 48 gallon tank! It's 22" deep and I would like to keep sps and clams. I've got three 4" variable speed fans that move 45-80 cfm of air. I don't want to over heat the tank so I'm thinking that 250W is probably too much?
  3. General Reef Discussion
    Just purchased "Hamilton Cayman Sun Reflector 400 Watt DE HQI 14K System". It's my first MH lighting ever. Can someone please tell me I didn't get a crappy system? ha. I have a 60 gal tank and the only coral I have right now are some (very happy) green mushrooms. I've had these for about two...
  4. Lighting
    HELP on lighting.... I bought a 48x24x30deep tank all set up, BUT it is a mixed tank of corals, fish and anomone. Has had i for 3 years but I am not sure if the light that came with it is correct for it. It is a HETO unit that has 2x 150w ( I AM TOLD THAT I SHOULD USE 250 or 400W mH) MH and 4x...
  5. Lighting
    Has anyone ever used or heard of Twin Arc Metal Halide Bulbs according to the specs These lamps have better performance, color specs, and life hours then standard Single Ended metal halide Aquarium Bulbs. Twin ARC bulbs switch alternately each time the lamp is fired/turn on by providing maximum...
  6. General Reef Discussion
    I have recently begun my reefing journey. Right now I have a fixture with 2 T5 HOs So far I have 2 clown fish, a derasa clam and a brittle star fish. I want to make sure that the clam is getting enough light. Also I'm interested in adding soft corals as well as SPS and LPS. Should I...
  7. General Reef Discussion
    Hey all. I had a MH buld go defective on me only after 4 months so I am interested in replacing both my 250w bulbs. I really dont understand the 10k, 14k, 20k stuff.. can someone make it easy for me here.. I have a 20k and it is nice looking, bright white bulb and I have a spare 10k i hated...
  8. Lighting
    i was thinking of buying a current usa 3x150, 4- 96 watt fixture . for my 135 , 6 feet long 24 high . would this be enough 4 a reef tank ? or should i hold out 4 a 3x250 watt setup ?.also how high off the tank should they be. would the legs that come with them make them sit to low. any help i...
  9. General Reef Discussion
    while searching for mh lighting, i came across a site(e-lights .com) my question is can these be used for reef tank
  10. General Reef Discussion
    I am trying to choose MH bulbs for my new 90 gallon and I can not find the right bulb... I want to find a bulb that will not be too bright, but has good output and has the looks of kind of a 25/75 PC combo (25% 10,000k and 75% actinic) that can still push high PAR and grow colors well without...
  11. General classifieds
    Tried and proven great reef tank ready for instant start up. Complete 120 gal reef setup for sale. Includes 75-100 live rock, 55 gal sump, ETS Skimmer, 2-250W electronic MH ballast w/ bulbs. Iwaki 100rlt pump, 30 gallon reservoir and more. Will sell all for $250. Sorry I can not sell as...
  12. General Reef Discussion
    I've got a 55g build i'm doing right now and I've come across a set of 2, 250w CoralVue dimmable MH lights for $200. this guy lives right up the road from me (45mins) and i'd like to buy from someone i can see the items first. can you guys give me some feedback on this set-up? i'll be looking...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    I was browsing ebay today and noticed an Odyssea 48" Metal Halide Setup, It has 2x250w 15,000k MH and 4x65w PC actinics. I was wondering if anyone has bought this setup and how is the quality? The price ranges from 329-375 on ebay and it sounds like a pretty good deal, just not sure of the...
  14. General Reef Discussion
    Hello Again Everyone, I am having to make a decision, and just want to make the most informed decision on the topic. I am purchasing a new tank and I just have a question. The tank that I currently have is an acrylic flat back Hex 120 gallons approx. I am running a 55 gallon wet/dry sump and...
  15. General Reef Discussion
    I have three XM 250W 10K halides that have been running on M58 balasts for 18 months now. When is a good time to change the bulbs? Also I need to replace the two VHO actinics that I run, does anyone know where you can get good ones? I have been running bulbs from Hamilton tech but am open to...
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