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jwavec
02/02/2008, 08:10 AM
I have a 90G with 2 250W SE MH's. The 660 is about $100 more. Thanks for any input.

jwavec
02/02/2008, 10:01 AM
anyone

Obi-dad
02/02/2008, 10:27 AM
Depends on the room you have for extra bulbs, the 660 will get you more bulbs if they fit. No benefit to getting the 660 if you can only fit 2 bulbs, other than being able to use more bulbs if you get a bigger tank someday.

twon8
02/02/2008, 12:01 PM
i don't think i could fit 4t5s over my 90 with 250's

kilmca
02/02/2008, 12:03 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=11746885#post11746885 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Obi-dad
Depends on the room you have for extra bulbs, the 660 will get you more bulbs if they fit. No benefit to getting the 660 if you can only fit 2 bulbs, other than being able to use more bulbs if you get a bigger tank someday.


Totall agree with this statement. Always remember that you might want a larger tank in the future and the Icepcap ballasts last a long time, go for the 660 IMO.

jwavec
02/02/2008, 12:18 PM
Yeah, I only have room for 2 T5's....just want more pop without going overboard on the ballast.

djcerna
02/02/2008, 12:30 PM
Although the T5 will add more PAR, I would add two VHO super R antinics and overdrive them with the IC 660. I am running 4T5 and one VHO SR on a 65 and they really add more "POP" to the corals.

Tennsquire
02/02/2008, 01:25 PM
I have 2 250's over my 75 (same footprint as your 90), and I supplement with 3 110 watt VHO's on a 660. Two are actinic, and one is 50/50 daylight actinic. Three fit just right, plus I had the ballast left over from my earlier reefing days.

DarG
02/02/2008, 01:44 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=11747550#post11747550 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by jwavec
Yeah, I only have room for 2 T5's....just want more pop without going overboard on the ballast.

Same setup as me over my 90. Only room for two T5's . I already had 2 660's but I would just get the 430. It will drive (overdrive) the two 48" T5's the same 80 watts as the 660 would.

BTW, I got much more color supplementation for my two 250 watt DE's by using T5 super actinics with SLR reflectors compared to two 110 watt VHO's with internal reflectors. I set my light rack up to be able to use either T5 or VHO since I already had tubes and endcaps for both types as well as the Icecap ballasts. It was an easy decision to go with the T5's because of the obvious advantage in light output into the tank vs. the VHO's.