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post #16 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-15-2013, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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Hey thanks, for giving me something else to mull over. I didn't even think about about the possibilities of multi bulbs with different durations.

I do plan on hanging the fixture(s). How much overspill are you getting from your light and do you have it enclosed to more contain it?

How often are you replacing your bulbs?

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Lots of spill, but not as much as u would expect considering at full on its 324 watts. Its hung 10 inches over the tank. But the reflectors generally direct the light down

Bulbs should last about 12-18 months before the spectral shift occurs. They produce lots of light, but they dont quite grow plants as well
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I don't believe that any sponge filter is rated for a 125 gallon tank. You must mean 125 gal/hr powerhead flow. Personally, I would be running two power filters like the penguin or aqua clears.
Really? I have this running in my 125.

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Bandit1200,
I do love the simplicity of the good ole' -low tech sponge filters! I think I'm just going to keep mine in and running, now that I've thought more about it. Are you running the sponge exclusively?

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You could run the sponges by themselves for sure, just leave the hob on while the new sponges seed, two weeks should be fine.
Do you have battery pumps for the outages?
I have one and it worked great during sandy
You could hook them up together so when the power goes out you don't have to do a thing.
You probably know this already just pointing out the obvious lol


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Hi Mott,
Good to hear. The sponge is already been going for months. No on the battery operated pumps, I actually have a (2) APC Battery back ups for the computer. I just use a 1watt pump haven't had a problem.

Do you run the sponges exclusively?

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No, I only have them in case of a power loss but breeders have been using sponge filters exclusively for years!


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I am running the pond filter exclusively on the 125 and no issues to date. It's relatively lightly stocked at the moment, but that should change shortly as it's housing a couple dozen marmokrebs at the moment. I already have another one for the other side of the tank when the population increases.
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