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post #16 of 254 (permalink) Old 07-17-2008, 06:08 AM
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Did you price out these? http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS...lestriplight30

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post #17 of 254 (permalink) Old 07-17-2008, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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So did some more looking and measured my tank out. I have a few options...

1. 1 - 24" or 30" fixture and add a 20" fixture toward the back at another point.
2. 2 - 20" fixtures

what do you think of this...?
http://www.thatpetplace.com/pet/prod.../7/product.web

I could start with this and if I wanted to add wattage and CO2 later I still could.
haha see the dog?
am I planning this correctly?
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I haven't priced out 20" fixtures, but that seems steep to me for a CF fixture... have you checked on Ebay? (Stay away from Odyssea/Jebo). Keep in mind that CF fixtures tend to run hot, too... but all that being said, I think that fixture would probably work.

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I think you should retrofit a metal halide pendant in there.
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post #20 of 254 (permalink) Old 07-17-2008, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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LOL, Church its funny you say that...I was up late last night thinking about it and actually looked at a few. It might be something to consider down the road. Right now it seems expensive...and the wattages are insane...watts...I almost spilled my beer...haha! I think the tank would look sweeet with a hanging light over it...I actually like this but would definitely have to get CO2!

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Not necessarily. You could use a 100w lamp which would give you less than 2wpg.
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With that shape tank a MH pendant might actually make the most sense. With a pendant you can always raise and lower it till you find the "sweet spot"

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can either of you recommend a fixture and bulb or steer me in a direction.
I know absolutely nothing about metal halide fixtures...
This is gonna be sweet...
I may only have 3 plants and a guppy but the light will be great!

I may have to sell some of my old equipment and tanks to pull this off...
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I tried searching real quick to find you something, but so far I'm only finding (as far as kits go, anyway) either 70w or 150w, but I'm not finding anything in between. So maybe, for 2wpg, you might have to DIY it yourself. I know you can buy reflectors and individual components from fish places, and then you could order a ballast, socket and bulb from a lighting place.

Or you could just go up to a 150w, for 3wpg, and add CO2!! lol

Best of luck to you. Metal Halides are SWEEEET, if you can swing it. There's nothing quite like that "shimmery" look that can only be gotten from an MH...
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I think MH pendant is out of the question...I might as well do a reef tank...and that ain't happening.
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There have been some decent reviews posted of this one over in the lighting forum http://www.fishneedit.com/150w-metal...ndant-lig.html

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I think MH pendant is out of the question...I might as well do a reef tank...and that ain't happening.
Why? Just because there's an MH it automatically has to be a reef tank? I say poop to that. Reef tanks are boring. That's all I ever did my whole entire life, and planted tanks are WAAAAAAAY better on so many levels, it's not even funny.

But still, best of luck to you. I'm sure you can find a CF you can retrofit in there.
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Church, my apologies for offending you...I'll never utter the words "R**f t**k" again. The reason I said it ain't happening is because I don't want a reef tank...I was just...nevermind... LMAO
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LOL There was no offense!! I wasn't offended! I just think about how boring reef tanks are once you've seen a couple dozen of them and realize they all pretty much look the same. I was just poking fun at you for associating metal halides with reef tanks.

I say POOP to reef tanks, lol

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OK I say Poooop! to reef tanks also...
I am looking forward to this tank...with plants...maybe I'll make a "reef" of plants.
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