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MH fixture

Discussion in 'Talk to Tom Barr' started by Jeremy1, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. Jeremy1

    Jeremy1 Prolific Poster

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    Looking to buy a metal halide fixture from fishneedit for a 29gal to replace my compact florsent. Should I go for the 150watt or 70watt. The plants in the tank need moderate to high lighting. I do EI dosing plus trace along ith iron. I use pressureized CO2. I can't seem to bring out the red colors in a few of the plants using my current lighting. I've heard the 150 is a decent fixture for the money but would it be overkill on a 29gal but I guess I could always raise the fixture higher if algae break out occurs. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Philosophos

    Philosophos Lifetime Charter Member
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    fishneedit has been getting mixed reviews; some lights work, others start to smoke or burn out. You may want to look into them a little. I corresponded with them through e-mail, and English was definitely not the first language of their customer service; they couldn't even understand me. If they weren't a US based company I wouldn't mention it, but they are.

    Personally, I'd head for the 70w close to the water, or string the 150w up nice and high. Spotlighting the tank may look good.

    -Philosophos
     
  3. Gerryd

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    Hi Jeremy,

    Please do NOT get the 150 watt fixture. Get the 70.

    I have a 3x150 MH with 6500k bulbs mounted 2 FEET above a 180 which is also 2 feet deep.

    Plenty of light for anything.

    I wish I had gotten the 3x75w........
     
  4. Jeremy1

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    I actually went with the 150 due to some of my plants requirements for high lighting. I will see how works out. Thanks for the response.
     

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