calling on the pro's.. i need serious help.

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    fishsticks No clue about reefs

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    i own a oceanic bio-cube 29gallon i have 2 pc lights in my oceanic bio-cube 1 36watt sunlight and 1 blue one...

    i want to upgrade my lighting so i can have the choice of more coral my basic lights dont cut it... so these r my two selections one is 75watt hqi upgrade and the other is 150watt hqi upgrade. so please tell me which would be better and what each one can do for me.

    these r the 2 and information, i have no clue about this so please help ill go by what you guys say.

    http://www.nanotuners.com/product_info.php?cPath=67&products_id=363

    http://www.nanotuners.com/product_info.php?cPath=67&products_id=392
     
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    Go with the 150 watter.
     
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    i agree with yote..
     
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    I agree. Go with the 150's. You will have a much wider selection of bulbs to choose from.
     
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    fishsticks No clue about reefs

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    bulbs? like corals?

    plus howmany watts per gallon per say? or whats the rule like live rock, 1 - 1 1/2 lbs per gallon.
     
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    Bulbs for the HQI light your thinking about.
     
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    You could get just about any high light intensity corals you wanted with a 150w over your biotope. The 75w would be a pointless upgrade IMHO.
     
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    fishsticks No clue about reefs

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    help again i was thinking this upgrade...

    http://www.nanotuners.com/product_info.php?cPath=62&products_id=345

    its cheaper plus instead of having one 36watt 10,000k daylight and one 36watt actinic blue light which i have now this upgrade lets me add in 2 more slots for more PC LIGHTS , i can now have 3 36watt 10,000k daylights and still have one actinic blue... wouldnt that boost my daylight lighting 3x36= 108watts...??

    108watts 10,000k daylight???
    and my same 36watt actinic??

    is this correct?

    then can i handle clams?
     
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    if you go with the 150watt you will be at 5 watts per gallon wich you can pretty much do anything you want.
     
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    That last 1 is barely an upgrade. There is a reason for such a big price diff between them. No metal halide makes a HUGE difference.
     
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    Capts right.That wouldnt be much of an upgrade.Go with the 150 MH and have no doubts about what you can keep.
     
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    Yeah what Yote and Capt said. You might do some more research later on, see other peoples tanks w/ halides, etc and want one. Then you blew good money on something you didn't really want in the first place. For my money, nothing beats that halide shimmer. Get that 150w and get a 20,000k bulb for it. That's plenty blue, you wouldn't even need an actinic PC supplement like you would for a 10,000k. Save some electricity that way! You'll thank yourself once you hook up that halide for the first time. It's fun to be "that house with the glowing living room" on the block, heh heh.
     
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    Plus you'll eventually get to show the tank off to the local law enforcment.When they show up thinking you've got a different kind of grow operation goin :D
     
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    thanks yote and everyone im not going to upgrade until im ready for 100+ gallon tank which i will need all you guys again. but for now 400$ for a light upgrade is out of the question my next tank will have all the fancy expensive stuff this is still my first tank. but thank u all.:D
     
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    Good call, fishsticks. Patience is a valuable virtue in this trade.
     
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