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post #11 of 39 Old 01-21-2009, 01:23 AM
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in my personal experience ive used PCs before and hated them. thats just my opinion and experience, i personally would go for t5s because it will open more options in what corals you can keep.

when it comes to a reef tank you dont want to cut yourself short on lighting or a protein skimmer, really you dont want to cut anything short but out of everything those are the 2 most important.
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post #12 of 39 Old 01-21-2009, 01:28 AM Thread Starter
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Ok well can you tell me off the top of your head what options i lose with PC and which i gain with t5

I apprecaite all your help! Thanks!

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post #13 of 39 Old 01-21-2009, 01:31 AM
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honestly with PCs (power compacts) you'll be limited to mushrooms, zoo's and palys and a few others but thats about it.

t5s you'll be able to keep mushrooms,zoos,palys,LPS some SPS, possibly a clam (thats debatable)

halides youll be able to keep just about everything
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post #16 of 39 Old 01-21-2009, 01:57 AM
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if you dont mind spending $650 on lights then i think it would be a good fixture. however there are cheaper options though, again one being the retrofit DIY.
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is there a source or site to go to for this DIY fixture.
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post #18 of 39 Old 01-21-2009, 02:14 AM
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well you can make any of the lights PCs, T5s, Halides

basically your just buying the ballast, reflector(s) bulbs, endcaps yourself and mounting them in your hood, they generally arnt "pretty" unless mounted in a hood/canopy
you can also get packages that come with the parts. im not saying retrofitting is the way to go and im not saying its not, im just letting you be aware of your options. i would hate to see you dish out a few hundred on a light then decide you want something better or if you buy something and a month (or few) from now want to upgrade, you dont have to get the biggest baddest thing but get something that works for you (and your budget) that you will be happy with instead of buying one now and 4 months from now buying something better. i hope that makes sense. just take your time and find that perfect fixture that fits your needs.
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you have a webiste you used to build your setup?
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i dont have a link on how to build one, really its pretty straight forward, endcaps reflectors, hook up ballast, screw it up into your hood and your done.

heres a t5 kit (without bulbs) to get an idea, im not saying i would/wouldnt buy this but its just an idea.
48" 4 Lamp VHO Retrofit Kit (w/ ARO Model 4LX ballast) - 4040012
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