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Old 08-02-2003, 03:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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G'day folks,

I've been hunting around for some new lighting ideas for my 55g.

Overdriving 48" flourescents just doesn't seem to give quite enough power... PC/CF's are bloody expensive.

Which leaves MH - Which I strangely thought was a lot more expensive. But seems to be reasonable after some research But one thing confuses me; why is it that almost every bulb I've found online is in the 10/20,000k range? I found a few 6500k's in the 150w, but nothing for the 70w double ended I'd been planning to use (3x 70w). Anyone know a source for them?

After doing so much darned research on the reef sites about MH lighting, I couldn't help but notice a 'trend' in their tanks. The new trend is to run 'moonlight' in the evening usually built out of Blue/White LED lights. Has anyone tried this on a planted tank? Any adverse effects on the flora/fauna?

I gotta say it would be nice to see my fish/plants in the evening!

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G'day folks,

I've been hunting around for some new lighting ideas for my 55g.

Overdriving 48" flourescents just doesn't seem to give quite enough power... PC/CF's are bloody expensive.

Which leaves MH - Which I strangely thought was a lot more expensive. But seems to be reasonable after some research But one thing confuses me; why is it that almost every bulb I've found online is in the 10/20,000k range? I found a few 6500k's in the 150w, but nothing for the 70w double ended I'd been planning to use (3x 70w). Anyone know a source for them?

After doing so much darned research on the reef sites about MH lighting, I couldn't help but notice a 'trend' in their tanks. The new trend is to run 'moonlight' in the evening usually built out of Blue/White LED lights. Has anyone tried this on a planted tank? Any adverse effects on the flora/fauna?

I gotta say it would be nice to see my fish/plants in the evening!

Andy

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Many people have done it. I have the supplies sitting under my tank and just need to hook it up some day.

As for the expense of PC lights did you check with AH Supply and find out what they would cost?

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Old 08-02-2003, 07:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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have you thought about using an electronic ballast? i am using an icecap660 with 4 48inch 40 watt ge Aquarays. they get overdriven to 80 watts per bulb. Cool and effective for me.

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Old 08-02-2003, 10:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
 
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Yep, I've looked at the PC/CF options:

AH Supply (2x 96w kit)- 114.99 + 32.99 +32.99 (bulbs sold seperatly)
PSL (2 x 96w retrofit) - 200.00
HelloLights - 2x 96w - 225.00
AB - 260w - 290$ 260w retrofit (221.69)

The AB JBJ 260w setup is nice,I'm very tempted to just buy it. Except for the fact that I can barely get bulbs for the 13w'ers I have now. I can't imagine trying to get 96 or 65w versions. Whereas Metal Halide is very easy to find up here (Used in the floodlighting at the mines)

Mike: I've thought about those setups, But all the prices I saw caused me to flip the page quickly. A quick looks still shows 175$ range (didn't price shop - could probably find cheaper). My concern with the icecaps is that I've heard some less than positive feedback about them.

Back to research (I did find some 6500k's in the 70w HQI - in england )

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I just looked up the double ended for someone yesterday. www.venturelighting.com has double ended 6400k. The reason you don't see the double ended(HQI) is that HQI is still fairly new.

In a mogul base you can find any temp you want. The reason you see lots of 10000k is just that reefers have been using MH a lot longer than planted tanks.

If you check my journal you should see a moonlit planted tank. When I set my tank up I added a 13w blue bulb. I really like.

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I also have a moonlight. I just took a 15" coral sun blulb from Zoomed, and covered all of the bulb but a square inch facing into the reflector on my light, and it reflected it back into my tank. Looks very neat. However I don't have enough light to really see much fine detail, as I don't want to upset anything's internal clock.
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