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malx
09/13/2017, 09:46 PM
Anyone here ever run a Metal Halide tank only? Upgrading my nano tank and I'm thinking of going old school on the light but would only have room for one light.

The tank will be 30" wide so was thinking of going with a 24" 4 bulb ATI sunpower but maybe MH is a cool thing to do?

I'm only keeping one sea anemone and two clown fish.

fcmatt
09/13/2017, 10:01 PM
Metal halide is more for sps due to costs of running it. I think an anemone would be fine under a 4 bulb sunpower. How deep is the tank?

mcgyvr
09/14/2017, 04:34 AM
Nothing "cool" about MH :) Just the opposite..
But of course you can run just MH..

malx
09/14/2017, 09:33 AM
Metal halide is more for sps due to costs of running it. I think an anemone would be fine under a 4 bulb sunpower. How deep is the tank?

Not deep, 11"

tjm9331
09/14/2017, 09:37 AM
just the anemone and no corals...I'd go with the sunpower over the MH, MH will raise the temp of the tank significantly also since the tank isn't that deep a MH might be too much light for the nem and it would hide in the shade and therefore you wouldn't see it much.

malx
09/14/2017, 09:40 AM
Nothing "cool" about MH :) Just the opposite..
But of course you can run just MH..

Depends. This tank is in my office which is decorated mid-century modern--like Mad Men. I wanted the tank old school looking.

on the spot
09/14/2017, 11:41 AM
I believe a 150 would work fine. You might not find the color temp you want though.

on the spot
09/14/2017, 11:55 AM
...mid-century modern...

did you have a fixture in mind?

smatter
09/14/2017, 11:58 AM
See if you can find a Giesemann Nova, one would look sweet on your tank. I used to run straight metal halide for years.

Sk8r
09/14/2017, 12:04 PM
Of course. And they're good, but produce a lot of heat and take a lot of power. And the bulb replacement every 6-8 months is pricey. Still, you can get MH units for way cheap used---and they'll do great forever, or until you decide to go LED, if ever.

UTCReefer
09/14/2017, 01:45 PM
Of course. And they're good, but produce a lot of heat and take a lot of power. And the bulb replacement every 6-8 months is pricey. Still, you can get MH units for way cheap used---and they'll do great forever, or until you decide to go LED, if ever.

True except for the pricy bulbs part, if you look around there are budget bulbs that work really well too. Try Plusrite bulbs for ~$12-$15 a piece, you'll be able to grow sps at the bottom of your tank. My bulbs last around 12 months pretty easily.

hkgar
09/14/2017, 02:13 PM
Try Plusrite bulbs for ~$12-$15 a piece, you'll be able to grow sps at the bottom of your tank. My bulbs last around 12 months pretty easily.

Don't think they have any with a K value over 7K?

hkgar
09/14/2017, 02:15 PM
oops

thegrun
09/14/2017, 02:45 PM
I loved the old Radion 20K bulbs, but I'm not sure if they still make them in 150 watts (if at all). I think I have an old (never used) ELOS 14K DE bulb laying around somewhere if you do go MH and need a bulb.

hkgar
09/14/2017, 02:54 PM
The "old" radium 20K bulbs are still around. I have 3 250W over my 180, but I am going to try 14K's next bulb change.

UTCReefer
09/14/2017, 07:49 PM
Don't think they have any with a K value over 7K?

Plusrite has 20 and 22K, to my eyes they are more like 14 and 20K. Not as blue as radiums but not far off either. My lights are single ended 400W bulbs

maddmaxx
09/14/2017, 09:28 PM
True except for the pricy bulbs part, if you look around there are budget bulbs that work really well too. Try Plusrite bulbs for ~$12-$15 a piece, you'll be able to grow sps at the bottom of your tank. My bulbs last around 12 months pretty easily.

ive been using Plusrites as my main halide bulb for well over 10+ yrs now. never needed a pricey bulb...

Xxero
09/15/2017, 06:46 AM
I like your avatar maddmaxx! :bigeyes:

malx
09/25/2017, 05:57 PM
See if you can find a Giesemann Nova, one would look sweet on your tank. I used to run straight metal halide for years.

Aha that is really cool looking!

malx
09/25/2017, 05:58 PM
I like your avatar maddmaxx! :bigeyes:

It's great!