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possible light idea..
Old 09-19-2012, 05:45 PM   #1
 
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ok there are 6 of these metal halide lights.its used for growing plants.can i use this set up like 2 of them just change the bulbs to some 12k ones?

for 25 bucks each its a steal.
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:07 PM   #2
 
Yea, you can use those, and just change the lamps. No problem. They are going to be WAY above your tank though, those reflectors are really big, but if thats not a problem, go for it.
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:15 PM   #3
 
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Yea, you can use those, and just change the lamps. No problem. They are going to be WAY above your tank though, those reflectors are really big, but if thats not a problem, go for it.
how high like 2 feet?they are 400watt a piece.can i use just those or do i need to add some acintics?also cam i just trim the reflectors some to loosn up the light?
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:17 PM   #4
 
I think the units are almost 3' long themselves. You can keep them 8" off the water with no isses. I was just thinking how much they are gonna stick up in the air.
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:02 AM   #5
 
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how high like 2 feet?they are 400watt a piece.can i use just those or do i need to add some acintics?also cam i just trim the reflectors some to loosn up the light?
I would still add actinics. Just a couple of T5 or T8. What is you lighting now? And I would probably use a 14k or 20k bulb for the halides. They add more blue to the spectrum.

One thing I always wanted to do with my 150 was to build a wall around it, so it was in fact part of the wall. If you don't mind looking at these lights then it won't be a problem, otherwise you are going to need a vary large canopy...
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:32 AM   #6
 
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I would still add actinics. Just a couple of T5 or T8. What is you lighting now? And I would probably use a 14k or 20k bulb for the halides. They add more blue to the spectrum.

One thing I always wanted to do with my 150 was to build a wall around it, so it was in fact part of the wall. If you don't mind looking at these lights then it won't be a problem, otherwise you are going to need a vary large canopy...
4 15inch t8s and 2 30 inch t8s..the standard ones that usually come with a tank.yeah thats my idea ! i want to either build around it or cut out a wall to a room and have it stick behind it.
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:50 AM   #7
 
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4 15inch t8s and 2 30 inch t8s..the standard ones that usually come with a tank.yeah thats my idea ! i want to either build around it or cut out a wall to a room and have it stick behind it.
I would just pick up some actinic bulbs to use in your current fixtures and then 10-20k bulbs for your Halides (depending on how much blue spectrum you want).
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:20 AM   #8
 
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