Which light to do you use?

Discussion in '3reef Site Polls' started by Matt Rogers, May 1, 2005.

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Which light do you use?

  1. Metal Halide

    11 vote(s)
    47.8%
  2. T5

    2 vote(s)
    8.7%
  3. VHO

    1 vote(s)
    4.3%
  4. Power Compact

    7 vote(s)
    30.4%
  5. Fluorescent

    2 vote(s)
    8.7%
  1. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    I was curious about what lighting you are using on your reef and what you think of it. :)
     
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  3. Jay

    Jay Teardrop Maxima Clam

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    I use VHO on my main tank right now. 4 110 watt lamps. 2 Super Actinic and 2 Actinic White URI bulbs. I have a hood that has 2 250 watt Halides and I prefer that look better but It made so much hair algea. I am going to put it back up soon. The algae is under control finaly. I do like my VHO fixture very much also.

    Jay
     
  4. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I use both VHO and Metal Halide but there isn't a "combo" option :(
     
  5. skennelly

    skennelly Coral Banded Shrimp

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    4 x 110 watt VHO's on a icecap ballast. 1 actinic bulb and 2 50/50 and 1 10,000k. I've had the vho's for years with my freshwater plant tank and love them. I do want to get MH at some point to get that shimmering water effect and more advanced coral possibilities.

    Sean
     
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  6. Bruce

    Bruce Giant Squid

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    i have PC's but eventually i do wanna get to MH...wat would be a good fixture for a 55gal? maybe 2 150s + vhos? that seems like kinda alot... :(
     
  7. fletch

    fletch Kole Tang

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    I use both VHO and Metal Halide
     
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  9. Birdlady

    Birdlady Finback Whale

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    1 X 175 Watt MH

    2 X 96 Watt VHO
    ;D

    My ballast is on the way out on the MH and I plan to upgrade it to a 250 Watt bulb::)
     
  10. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Thought about the combo, but I thought things might get murky. Sorry! Next time I'll do it. Although we can call this one, 'primary' lighting. :thumbs_up
     
  11. Craig Manoukian

    Craig Manoukian Giant Squid

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    2 175watt MH lights with 80 watts of NO Actinics and a moonlight.;D
     
  12. jose_c

    jose_c Plankton

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    I have 4 110 watts vho lamps and two 250 watts mh on a 120 gallon reef and its working very good.