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cp5041 10-11-2007 07:07 PM

DIY mh lighting
im setting up a 120 gal tank and i want to piece together the lighting. because i can buy it individually and i can have it just the way i want. im looking at and i have a question on the ballasts. some of them say single and dual ballasts, do the ones that say dual mean that i can run two bulbs off each?

caferacermike 10-14-2007 08:00 PM

Yes exactly that. is cheaper than marine depot. It's all in the reflectors. Lumenarc's are bit more expensive but if you are planning a new set up RUN THEM!!. Trust me it's worth it. Also buy electronic ballasts and you'll save money on your electric bill.

What size are you planning on running? I run 2x 250w dual end bulbs on my 75g and think it's just perfect. Stay away from 175w SE as most are being phased out.

cp5041 10-15-2007 07:46 PM

i was planning on running 2 250w and then add either t-5's or pc's

caferacermike 10-15-2007 08:06 PM

I've been overly impressed with my Icecap 250w ballasts and Pheonix 14K DE bulbs with 2x 96w supplemental lighting. Sunlight Supply and Aro also make good electronic ballasts as well as old fashioned mag ballasts.

cp5041 10-18-2007 10:01 PM

i think im gonna go with the 2x250 and 4x65w pc's

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