View Full Version : Lighting Question

11/02/2009, 07:57 AM
I just started my 150 but the light that are on my tank came from my pop's 120 fresh. Its a Corallife InIzard Two Lamp electronic ballast 120v/60hz for Two 24",36" or 48" lamps
I checked the bulbs 1 48" Sylvania Day Light 40watt
1 36" CoralLife Actinic Blue 7100k

Do I need to up grade my bulbs? Right now and what replacement bulbs would fit? I have a FOWLR tank but maye be later I might look in to getting a few frags or some other stuff.

I bought over 150 lbs of LR from and a well established tank that had plenty of purple coraline on them and want to continue that growth will keeping a healthy tank. I have a enclosed a pick that is not a good one but you can see what Im working with.

Lights Now

Light with cam flash

11/02/2009, 02:09 PM
Any one?

11/02/2009, 02:14 PM
ygpm. also, fish only tanks don't have high lighting requirements. You can run a FOWLR without light at all if you really wanted- the fish are fine with the ambient room lighting- lots of people do this.

11/02/2009, 02:18 PM
Wow but if I wanted to up grade?? To grow a few zoo's or somthing? What 48" bulbs are poeple using?

11/03/2009, 03:53 PM
Well this is what it looks like under the hood dont laugh my pops had this since 95 I think. But I wanted to know if I could put a higher watt bulb in this set up?





11/03/2009, 04:17 PM
i would just save up some cash and get a 4 or 6 bulb T5 Tek light you will be able to grow what ever you need with that light. if you are keeping it as a FOWLR then i would say you would be fine.

11/03/2009, 04:18 PM
damn forgot also I would look online or at a LFS to find some bulbs that are meant for saltwater. You may get some algea blooms running freshwater bulbs.

11/03/2009, 04:26 PM
So with this being said can I use a VHO bulb's in this setup with that ballast? something like this a 48" (VHO, T12) 10,000K Aquasun, 110W -UV Lighting and a 36" (VHO, T12) Actinic 03, 30W -Coralife?

11/03/2009, 04:35 PM
what is the balast rated for? Does it say it will drive VHO as well? Not all balasts are the same and some won't drive the bulbs properly. I already told you in your other thread that the entire lighting would have to be changed over, NOT just the bulbs. Your bulbs look like T8 ( not T12 VHO) they are different sizes. If the balast will drive the VHO you should be fine but I would look into T5 High output lighting as VHOs don't provide much growing power

11/03/2009, 06:25 PM
AKA the ballast is what powers the bulbs, if it's a 40watt ballast it will only produce 40watts of light, it doesn't matter what VHO bulbs you put in it. That being said, You could get a nice color arrangement of bulbs to keep liverock and maybe some mushrooms and upgrade the light in the future. Those wizards are old.... I had those as a kid... good luck

11/03/2009, 07:34 PM
I thought that electronic ballasts could power any watt bulb you put in, but you might want to simply put your ballast name into google and see what comes up. When you do that you might also find out what kind of luck people have has with keeping corals with those ballasts.

If you are just keeping fish though, I wouldn't even worry about it untill you decide to get corals. You don't need to change the bulbs if you like the color.

11/03/2009, 07:40 PM
no, electronic ballasts rated for a set number of bulbs or wattage will only fire that max number of bulbs or total wattage..You cannot drive a VHO to spec with a 60w ballasst. Look into Ice cap ballasts, they can run a number of different lighting styles. ( PC, T5, VHO)

11/04/2009, 05:39 AM
Thanks for all in info I told ya this stuff had some age on it. But this is what I found out about it.
Wizard 2-lamp Electronic Ballast With T12 Endcaps, from CoraLife

The Coralife 2-Lamp Electronic Ballast is completely assembled and ready to install. Simply connect the lamps and plug in the unit. The 2-Lamp Electronic Ballast features our energy efficient electronic ballast that uses 35% less energy than conventional magnetic ballasts. It is manufactured using rugged Coralife Water Resistant End caps with 9 ft. leads. It also has an 8 ft. power cord for easy installation. The unit has a positive on/off switch with indicator light. It is available in single and double lamp models with T12 (1 1/2") end caps. For all 24" (20 watt), 36" (30 watt) and 48" (40 watt) lamps.

11/04/2009, 05:28 PM
From what you found, it sounds like you can't upgrade the bulbs?