Shopping for new lights

Discussion in 'Reef Lighting' started by reefnJeff, Mar 6, 2013.

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  1. reefnJeff

    reefnJeff Pajama Cardinal

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    So whats the difference between a 90 degree optic light and a 120 degree? I know $20 in the price that's all lol.
     
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    reefnJeff Pajama Cardinal

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    Never mind I think I just figured it out. :D
     
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    reefnJeff Pajama Cardinal

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    So I found these lights, they originally sale for $634, but can get these for $200.
    Coralife Aqualight Pro Metal Halide Aquarium Light Fixture, 2X150 watt, HQI & 2X96 watt, Compact Fluorescents, 48 inch, I guess there 3 years old, so would this be a good deal?
     
  5. Kevin_E

    Kevin_E Giant Squid

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    Just added a 250 watt halide in place of my led. In 2 days, I already have a staghorn encrusting, 3 new mushrooms and a new mouth on my favia. I've had more growth in 2 days with halide than I did in 10 months with led.

    Put actinic bulbs in for the PC and get new halide bulbs, assuming those are old, and you have yourself a good deal. Jmo

    However keep looking. I would try and avoid PC, if you could.
     
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    diverdan Bangghai Cardinal

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    I too just made the switch to mh. I was only running t5s and I got a great deal on a t5 mh fixture and the difference in growth is amazing. The below is just 10 days of growth on my birds nest
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    So with that being said I am a firm believer in the metal halide fixtures.
    I too would hold off on the compact fluorescent bulbs.
    Also jmo.
     
  7. reefnJeff

    reefnJeff Pajama Cardinal

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    Really?? I was close to getting those led value lights, but despite the heat put off, wanted to stick with whats worked for me thus far.

    The dude said he replaced all bulbs back around Dec, but don't know yet what he replaced them with.
     
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    Kevin_E Giant Squid

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    After second look, I am not sure the favia has another mouth, but it somewhat looks like one is on the way. However, the 3 mushrooms speak for itself. My staghorn has been in for a month and it is just now growing down onto the glue.
     
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    reefnJeff Pajama Cardinal

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    I decided to save myself some cash. I took apart my current lighting and found the bad ballast. It's a plug N play ballast, hahaha!! easy cure! I ordered to new ballast last night. With the money I saved from buying new, I can buy all new lights for my system. Good deal
     
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    Congrats. Always nice to buy yourself something nice.
     
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    reefnJeff Pajama Cardinal

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    Will actually I just got my new ballast and what a big difference it made again having those 2 T5's back on my tank. Since I saved so much over buying new lights I did treat myself to new Corals, should be here in a few hours.