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Does Anyoneknow Where I Can Buy A 5 To 6 Bulb Vho T5 Aquariumlight For Cheaper Than Ebay (it Seems Ebay Is Hard To Beat). I Would Also Be Interested (possibly More Interested) In Metal Halide Fixtures. I Have A 110 Gallon Tank That Is60" Long And About 22"deep What Would You Suggest For Reef Lighting And Where Should I Buy It. If I Go With Metal Halide How Much Of A Increase Should I Expect In My Power Bill.
 

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Do you want junk or do you want quality? Ebay is mostly junk you will have to rebuy constantly, but there are some items on there that are decent (but this is the exception, not the rule).

Power usage is determined by the amount of watts the fixture uses per kWh. A 10 bulb x 80watt per bulb T5 will use more electricity than two 250w MH fixtures. You have to compare. So either could use more or less electricity... it depends.
 

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well would this work http://www.ebay.com/itm/48-METAL-HA...813?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a6acc7aad

or two of these
http://www.ebay.com/itm/24-346W-T5-...726?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35b502edc6

keep in mind my tank is 60" long so the 48" balast would be stationary and i could spread the two 24" out more

would one of these work
http://www.ebay.com/itm/60-QUAD-Aqu...388?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item45fa13783c

what would be the best way to go in the long run and be more cost efficient as far as replacing bulbs and electricity
 

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They all look like junk to me. Sorry. The run terrible bulbs, poor ballast and cruddy reflectors. The reflectors will not help to shine back into the tank, the ballast will likely underdrive the bulb and the bulb will be useless in 3-6 months. I saw one Odyssea and the other look like the same but rebranded (worse). It used to be that buying these light was an invitation to burn the house down... they supposedly fixed this but I do not trust them.

If you ask me, you will want two of these
http://www.reefspecialty.com/virtue...nished-lumen-bright-complete-pendant-kit.html

Now the 110g is a deep dimension tank so you will need a decent wattage but also a reflector that will be able to shine the light into the tank. That is the difference between the Lumenbrights (LB) and the ebay fixtures. The LBs should be able to offer twice the PAR at the bottom of your tank than the ebay fixtures at a lower wattage. And that is what is important. Not only that, but the bulbs will be further away from the water's surface and there will be less heat transfer.

It is one of the better values in lights. It is the "best" but it is the best for the price range. You can add a top-of-the-line ballast later if you want and swap out the bulbs in a year. It takes about $300 dollars to light 2" of tank with MH correctly. Because the 110 is a deep dimension, it requires higher intensity and so other T5 low bulb options might be out.

There other option would be 2x or 4x
http://www.reefspecialty.com/virtuemart/8-lighting/45-led-lighting/864-aquaillumination-sol.html
 

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Be wary of most of the fixtures for sale on ebay. Most are not UL listed which may cause problems with insurance claims if use of the fixture results in a fire.

And listen to futuredoc, he knows what he is talking about when it comes to lighting a reef tank!
 

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Very good point TRD
 

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If you want a decent UL listed MH set up, (retrofit kit) without breaking the bank look at the ones offered by Hellolights.com

I may also have two 150 W DE MH retrofit kits I will be selling in the near future.

But a 250 W MH might be necessary for your deep tank.
 
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