lighting dilemma

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  1. DSC reef

    DSC reef Giant Squid

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    I've been thinking about moving all my coral from my 75 gallon over to my 125 so I have one less tank to deal with. My dilemma is figuring out what light system to use out of my 3 fixtures. On my 75 I have the 48" current fixture with 2 - 150w halides and 4-54w T5 bulbs and it's worked great. I have another current fixture that's 72" 3 - 150w halides and 4-96w power compacts. I'm curious if the power compacts will compare to the T5 bulbs at all? I'm using the fluorescent as actinic only. I also have two large hamilton reflectors with 250 watt mogul base halides without actinic supplementation. What would be the best option? Should I just use the 48" fixture and place corals accordingly? Also, all the halides will be the same 20k radiums.
     
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  3. chris adams

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    well that is 12 inches on both sides that will be out of direct light. I think that is 1 of those things where you are just going to have to hang the 48 to see how it looks. However I am leaning towards you 72"
     
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    DSC reef Giant Squid

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    Thanks chris. I was leaning towards the 72" fixture as well but I'm just not familiar with power compacts and how corals like them. I guess I'll have to find out. I'm just scared to shock the coral, I don't want to loose my colonies.
     
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    chris adams Purple Tang

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    ya bro I am scared for you. May have to consider running a little less time for a bit and if possible raise the light slightly. The PC should be fine. You could always consider modifying the 72" light if you want the t5 back.
     
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    chris adams Purple Tang

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    PS 2015 Reefapalooza April 11 and 12th.. Seems so far away
     
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    DSC reef Giant Squid

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    I would love to retro fit the T5 into the fixture. I have to look into that. We meeting up again for more photos bud?
     
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    Ya..Maybe get something to eat and have a beer. I will probably look into spending the night up there also.

    PC connectors are usually decent size so should afford plenty of room to convert to T5 I would think
     
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    You aren't sure what to do?? I have nothing to add here
     
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    Reinstall windows? That's all I got
     
  12. DSC reef

    DSC reef Giant Squid

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    Good thing about this hobby is you always get to keep learning ball game. I bet your loving those new lights
     
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