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View Poll Results: should i use metal halide or pc lighting for my reef
metal halide 1 25.00%
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Old 06-28-2008, 04:20 PM   #1
 
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should i use Metal halide or pc for my 10 gallon reef
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Old 06-28-2008, 04:35 PM   #2
 
Metal Halide is the best way to go for corals, since it best replicate natural sunlight. However, these are usually much more expensive than PC or T5, and create much more heat. The cheapest MH set-up I know of is $150 for new and used. Or, you can DIY one for $70.
$150 that is 150W: http://www.fishneedit.com/150w-metal...ndant-lig.html
Let me find a DIY link for you.

PC is cheaper, and allows you to keep most softies and some LPS, but you need to make sure what you get is good enough quality.
PC lights: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...7&pcatid=13637
Those right now are a very good price. Jump on it if you can!

Or, if you want resonably priced T5, then look at this:
http://www.fishneedit.com/t5ho-2ft--4lamps-light.html
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Old 06-28-2008, 04:43 PM   #3
 
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is t5 better than pc
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Old 06-28-2008, 04:45 PM   #4
 
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MH is the best way to go, T5 setups aren't bad either.

Power Compacts are all right, but you won't be able to house specific coral species, lighting requirements won't be met. Growth of many corals are never truly realized in a PC setup compared to MH/T5s, but will happen if the water is excellent.

I want to set up a lighting system with LEDs. Need to build my ATO before that.
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Old 06-28-2008, 04:50 PM   #5
 
Speaking of LED's, a Metal Halide fixture with LED lighting is the Sunpod. These are very nice lights, and look really good too. I would go open-top to keep down on heat, and/or get a fan/chiller (or hang it instead of mount it).

And to answer your question Beweeb, yes, T5 is better than PC.
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Old 06-28-2008, 05:29 PM   #6
 
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Your lighting requirements will vary based on the corals you want to keep. MH and even T5s can be far too much light for some corals. I would recommend, for most corals appropriate for a 10g aquarium, that you seek out a small T5 fixture, PC lighting on a tank that size would most likely be sufficient, however it may even be recommended over T5 lighting if you are looking to keep more corals requiring low light conditions. Too much light can cause some corals to bleach out.

For the record, I use PC lighting and Ive had no problems with any of the softies and LPS corals I've housed. Growth and color have never been an issue either. I may still consider switching to T5's, but I was warned against it by a fellow club member who actually suffered losses and regression to his Softies when he made the switch.
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Old 06-28-2008, 06:59 PM   #7
 
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thanks a lot guys i ll what see what other people say but most likely ill do pc
tell me i f u have a different opinion :D
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Old 06-28-2008, 07:01 PM   #8
 
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What types of corals are you looking to keep?
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:05 PM   #9
 
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actually i think im going to do a diy metal halide
i really have no idea what coral any suggestions would be nice http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/inde...165&hl=70+watt
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