Reef Central Online Community

Home Forum Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences View New Posts View Today's Posts

Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Search Reefkeeping ...an online magazine for marine aquarists Support our sponsors and mention Reef Central

Go Back   Reef Central Online Community > General Interest Forums > Lighting, Filtration & Other Equipment
Register Blogs FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read

Notices

Reply
Thread Tools
Old 01/21/2009, 01:59 PM   #51
GREEKREEFER1
Registered Member
 
GREEKREEFER1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: WEST SPFLD, MA
Posts: 3
make sure you change out the 10k bulbs on that coral life pro to an xm 15k bulb. huge difference!!!!


__________________
fish tank ? girlfriend? fish tank?girlfriend? ...... sorry hun your services are not needed anymore!

Current Tank Info: 144g 1/2 circle, 30g oceanic sump, auqua c ev 180 skimmer, mrc dual stage calc reactor, coralife pro 250w 10k MH, 5'' SB, 250lbs LR. sps-pearlberry,hawkins,verde,plum crazy,belina,red planet,blue voodo,nasuta,hoksemi,tricolor staghorn,phils granulosa
GREEKREEFER1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/28/2009, 06:37 AM   #52
reefscape15
Registered Member
 
reefscape15's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Elmira Heights, NY
Posts: 2,813
I had a question for somebody. I have 4 T-5's over my 54 gal corner bowfront now, a 12k, reef blue 10k, 460, and 420. Color is much better with this combination than with the 2 10k's and 2 460's that came with the fixture. A lot more reds, oranges, and purples came out with the newer bulbs, but i still love how the tank looks with just the actinics on. I am building a 250 watt s.e. MH fixture this weekend and i would like the tank to be as blue as possible. Which MH temp would give off the bluest look? I've heard that 20k's are good for the blue color but i've only seen the tanks in my LFS. Thanks guys!


__________________
A new beginning...........

JIM

Current Tank Info: 5g standard softie/zoa tank, just starting a 20H
reefscape15 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/28/2009, 09:22 AM   #53
jblincoe
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Olathe KS
Posts: 30
20ks are really blue, there are also no rules as you can tailor what you like usting your t5s for suplimentation.


jblincoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/28/2009, 05:27 PM   #54
reefscape15
Registered Member
 
reefscape15's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Elmira Heights, NY
Posts: 2,813
awesome! I love the look of the tank when it's not so white with the daytimes on. I can't wait to finish the new light. Thanks man!


__________________
A new beginning...........

JIM

Current Tank Info: 5g standard softie/zoa tank, just starting a 20H
reefscape15 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/05/2009, 03:05 AM   #55
americanreefs
Moved On
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 2
The ushio 20k bulbs work great and have a nice blue color.


americanreefs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/06/2009, 08:46 PM   #56
Ion Innovations
Registered Member
 
Ion Innovations's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Rifle, CO
Posts: 56
Question How high above the water?

My tank is 24 inches deep and 30 Gallons do you think I could put a 150, 175 or even 250 watt metal halide over it?
I have a hood with a fan. The light will be suspended about 6 inches over the water. My filter is in the garage and I live in a fairly cool place so I have allot of cooling capacity.
Any suggestion would be great.
Thanks


Ion Innovations is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/07/2009, 06:38 PM   #57
Jp_here
Registered Member
 
Jp_here's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: NC
Posts: 167
Never run MH before

In the initail stages of planning a standard 125 gallon tank and looking into lighting options. I want to be able to keep about anything but most likely a mixed reef. Now if I choose to run 2 400w SE with supplimental antic lighting ... what are the chances I will have to run a chiller to cool the water? The sump will be around 30 gallons and the refungium will be a 100 gallon with flourcent bulbs. Oh I live in the southern US too.


Jp_here is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/08/2009, 08:31 AM   #58
MBVette
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Haymarket, VA
Posts: 334
Im in the planning stages of what will be a 225g (72x24x30) tank.

I would like to be able to set the tank up for a full reef tank including sps & lps corals. What would be my best route to go for lighting?

Thanks


MBVette is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/09/2009, 09:12 AM   #59
jblincoe
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Olathe KS
Posts: 30
Re: How high above the water?

Quote:
Originally posted by Ion Innovations
My tank is 24 inches deep and 30 Gallons do you think I could put a 150, 175 or even 250 watt metal halide over it?
I have a hood with a fan. The light will be suspended about 6 inches over the water. My filter is in the garage and I live in a fairly cool place so I have allot of cooling capacity.
Any suggestion would be great.
Thanks
I have a 24 inch deep tank as well and i have 400 watt mh over it, 250 will work, but you will limit your sps to the top 1/3 of the tank i would think.


jblincoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/09/2009, 09:14 AM   #60
jblincoe
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Olathe KS
Posts: 30
Quote:
Originally posted by MBVette
Im in the planning stages of what will be a 225g (72x24x30) tank.

I would like to be able to set the tank up for a full reef tank including sps & lps corals. What would be my best route to go for lighting?

Thanks
If we are assuming the tank is 30" top to bottom, I wouldn't go less than 400 watts mh, if the top to bottom is the 24" i would still suggest 400, but you could get the 250 depending on what you want to keep and location in the tank.


jblincoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/10/2009, 07:26 AM   #61
mike fail
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 97
whats the best brand of bulb its a 70 watt and i want a 14k


mike fail is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/13/2009, 10:53 AM   #62
leoan
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 18
Im going crazy trying to decide on lights. Im trying to grow mostly LPS (acans and favias). Do you guys think a single bulb 250w MH fixture is too much OR should i go with a four, 36w bulb HoT5 fixture? My tank is 22 inches deep and is 48 gallons.


leoan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/13/2009, 05:03 PM   #63
ecomdesign
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 464
I have a 90 gallon tank with 2 250MH SE bulbs. The lights are in a canopy and are only about 4" off the water. My temps run between 78-84 degrees. What do you think I should do to keep things running cooler?


ecomdesign is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/13/2009, 05:12 PM   #64
jblincoe
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Olathe KS
Posts: 30
Quote:
Originally posted by ecomdesign
I have a 90 gallon tank with 2 250MH SE bulbs. The lights are in a canopy and are only about 4" off the water. My temps run between 78-84 degrees. What do you think I should do to keep things running cooler?
increase evaporation by aiming a fan at the sump or refugium, and increase the airflow through your canopy, i would have one or two fans on each side of the canopy, two blowing in and two blowing out ideally-2out on one side, 2 in on the other


jblincoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/13/2009, 06:18 PM   #65
ecomdesign
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 464
I will try modding my canopy and add a fan on my sump. I already have 1 fan on each side of the canopy. 1 blows in, 1 blows out. If the modded canopy and sump fan dont work, I'll add the extra fans at that time.

thanks for the help!


ecomdesign is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/16/2009, 02:20 PM   #66
aquadog11
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: milwaukee
Posts: 273
How far up from tank

I have 2 250 watt PFO mini's above A standard 120 Gal. AGA tank
growing stony corals.
How high above should they be mounted?


aquadog11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/17/2009, 07:19 PM   #67
mike fail
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 97
has anyone bought those no name brands off ebay that are like 20$ are they decent?


mike fail is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/18/2009, 09:09 AM   #68
anin
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: NJ
Posts: 184
hey all,i am in the process of settting up a 50g breeder (36x18x18), it has a center brace. so my question is that if i went with a single MH bulb setup, that wouldn't be very wise? i was looking at the 150watt/ T5 combo fixtures on ebay, or one of currents 150w fixtures. I was also wondering does anyone make fixture that has maybe two 70watt setup? So basically i wanted something that wasn't too crazy on energy usage, so figured a single 150w MH setup was good, but problem is the middle brace on the tank..


anin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/18/2009, 10:23 AM   #69
anin
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: NJ
Posts: 184
i came up with this place: http://www.fishneedit.com/index.html
you can make your own setup with MH of your choice and T5..anyone have any experience with them?


anin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/18/2009, 03:53 PM   #70
JoelNB
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 247
There is a shop light which all electrical wholesalers I've spoken to refer to as 'the shoplighter'. It is a low profile reflector and ballast set for 70W double ended bulbs. Electrical wholesalers may also just sell you a 70W ballast and you can get a reflector/socket housing from any hardware place.


JoelNB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/18/2009, 08:50 PM   #71
anin
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: NJ
Posts: 184
that sounds interesting....would 2 70watt be enough lighting for a 18" deep tank?


anin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/18/2009, 09:14 PM   #72
JoelNB
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 247
I think 70W metal halide is enough to stunt coralline algae directly facing it at 18 inches.


JoelNB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/21/2009, 10:47 PM   #73
navychief
"Shellback"
 
navychief's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Maryland
Posts: 536
15K metal halide color

I have two metal halides. One burns white, the other bluish. Both are new. Which one is the one that is inaccurate for color at 15K?


__________________
CadLights 70G, Radion XR30W Pro, 2 MP 10, Apexs, .25 HP chiller, 3 TLF reactors w/ Carbon/Bioballs, PM Kalk reactor, 24" Giesemann w/4 Actinic T5s/250W 15000K HQI, PM R30 Fuge, Cone-S Skimmer, RS Salt

Current Tank Info: 1 Paracanthurus; 2 False Percula; 1 Monacanthidae; 1 Blue Chrysiptera cyanea; 1 Lysmata debelius; 1 Eucidaris
navychief is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/23/2009, 01:40 PM   #74
tangtang clown
Registered Member
 
tangtang clown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: The DUB, NC
Posts: 2,923
double


__________________
Mind over chatter.
tangtang clown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/23/2009, 01:42 PM   #75
tangtang clown
Registered Member
 
tangtang clown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: The DUB, NC
Posts: 2,923
I currently have a 75 gallon with mostly LPS softies and a couple of candy cane corals. I have a 4x 110 watt VHO retrofit kit with reflector. I need some advice about an idea I had. Can I remove the center two VHOs and add MHs. Maybe 2 150 watt MHs. Has anyone tried this? What bulbs, fixtures, etc do you all recommend? I have the VHOs mounted under the wooden canopy and I am curious if the MHs will be too close to the water. That is why I wanted to go with a lower wattage. I can take pics to show.


__________________
Mind over chatter.
tangtang clown is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:34 PM.


TapaTalk Enabled

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2017 Axivo Inc.
Use of this web site is subject to the terms and conditions described in the user agreement.
Reef CentralTM Reef Central, LLC. Copyright 1999-2014