Ice Cap

Discussion in 'The Bucket' started by Land_Fish, Feb 21, 2004.

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  1. Land_Fish

    Land_Fish Guest

    Matt,
    I like the HQI foot print but I don't think I can add them to my canopy.
    The price is way cheaper to DIY it then to buy a 48" fixture retro fit.
    I can get 2 x 250 watt aro ballast and two 20,000 XM MH bulb with mogals and reflectors for 2 lights for $450. The aro ballast has a 3 year warranty. If anyone one knows of another place please let me know.

    The stand I am using now would need to be changed out unless I painted everything black but don't think the better half would like that idea.
     
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  3. Matt Rogers

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    That will be hard to beat price wise. I say ORDER IT ALREADY! ;) ;D

    Is your canopy deep enough to handle the heat?
     
  4. Land_Fish

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    Nope I would need to DIY the canopy. Right now I can not do that.

    What is the closest the lights can be to the water?
     
  5. Matt Rogers

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    That's two 250w bulbs right? I'd say at least 8 inches off the water. Anything less and you better have serious fans going. Personally I'd go closer 10-12 inches myself.

    I have my 150w pendant in the 10-12 inch range at home and even with a fan blowing under the pendant I am getting 80 degrees.

    (But my tank only has about 15 gallons of water volume. More water would help keep the temp low.)
     
  6. Land_Fish

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    OK thanks.. I thought it was 12" or more.
     
  7. Land_Fish

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    what about water tight connections?
     
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  9. Matt Rogers

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    You mean water-resistant?
    I don't have them.
    Not really necessary when it's a foot off the water. If you get HQI you will have a UV glass lens anyway.