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I've been "out of the game" for about 5 years now. I was wondering:

Are Ice cap ballast still quality?

has anyone else came out with something better?

I'm slowly buying stuff for a new larger tank, and have not really made up my mind rather I want something like an "off the shelf" 180g or have something made in the 48"x30"x24" range. Going with an ice cap would allow me to run a number of diffrent bulb combos. I've had very good luck with them in the past running ho, VHO and t5.
 

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IceCap will overdrive T5HO bulbs. That changes their spectrum and makes them run very hot.

A better choice is a Workhorse ballast. You can use it to run a variety of bulbs too. For the price of 1 IceCap you can get 3 or even 4 Worhorse ballasts. So you can have different bulbs on different timers.

--Nikolay
 
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