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Ok, this has been rehashed a million times, but I have been away for a bit, and am curious if there is any new ideas.

I have a 250 hqi - with a dead bulb. At $75 a bulb, this gets tiring. Even before the bulb died, the light level was only ok - probably because I was trying to stretch it over a 36" tank - also a lot to do with shading.

Currently am running a single 2xodno to keep things alive - the 2x odno is bringing out reds that the 250 hqi never did.

Please, can the hive mind help me with my next decision. Should I get another hqi bulb, should I get another wh5 ballist and double my 2xodno to 4 bulb, should I call AHS and get a 96 watt bright kit, should I call them twice and get 2.... Should I take out a morgage and get a Nova III :icon_wink

Will update this post in a few seconds with a link to my tanks site so you can glance at it to see how it can be improved.

 

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Well, I cant say what would be the best, I am still figuring out what I want to do for lighting on my next two tanks I am setting up. But if its cost of bulb replacement your concerned with ODNO T8's would be the way to go. 2x96W bulbs from ahsupply cost abotu the same as a 250W HQI. If your willing to run 6500K's you can replace T8's for like $3 a pop. maybe you could try your same setup but limiting you MH burn time, how many hours a day do you run it now? Is it vented enough? I am not familiar with your tank, is it a 4' tank or shorter? I was assuming 4' T8 bulbs, and if that is the case 4 bulbs 2X each should be plenty of light I would think.
 

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Have you thought about T5's? They are similar to PC bulbs, but more efficient as they are stretched out. 3ft HO flavor eats about 39W per bulb, and with 3 of them over your tank you should get some nice plant growth.

Buy a ballast and some reflectors, no big deal if you know the basics of connecting fluorescent lights.

Just another idea...
 

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AHS was increadably quick with shipping. Will be installing the lights this weekend, hopefully can salvage most of my species - I have lost about 50% of my biomass during this dim out.
 
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