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joseph rinker
12/01/2009, 06:18 PM
i want to setup a 65 gallon reef tank can i use vho bulbs

Gary Majchrzak
12/01/2009, 06:20 PM
sure can.
I've seen plenty of beautiful VHO lit reef aquariums.

joseph rinker
12/01/2009, 06:21 PM
what do you think 3 or 4 bulbs

Gary Majchrzak
12/01/2009, 06:43 PM
I have no idea what kind of reef animals you want to keep or how much room you have on top of your aquarium.
Lighting is subjective. You'll need to do some more homework. It's too easy to say more is better because that's not always the case.

Bonsai Boi
12/01/2009, 10:00 PM
the more bulbs the better. 4 will give you more options

jimsplace
12/02/2009, 04:12 AM
My 90 is lit with 4 VHO bulbs and I am growing numerous sps the only one's I have stayed away from are the high light acro's. 4 on a 65 would work good. For your information, I use 2 atinic white, 1 454 blue and 1 03 super atinic. This combination gives me a really good color, similar to a 20k MH.

boz151
12/02/2009, 07:11 AM
I run a 180 with 3 x 5' and 4 x 6' and grow SPS and Clams no problem.

Av8bluewater
12/02/2009, 07:38 AM
VHO bulbs cost a lot more because they don't last long. If you're shopping flourescent I would probably go with T5.

Tank2379
12/02/2009, 08:27 AM
VHO bulbs cost a lot more because they don't last long. If you're shopping flourescent I would probably go with T5.

Not all that true as long as you keep your bulbs cool you can prolong the life of your bulbs anywhere from 12-18 months. That's why they recommend as many fans as possible... I know of a few that have keep there VHO bulbs on for more than a year without replacing becasue of good ventilation... Just my opinion :frog: