thinking outside the box

Discussion in 'Lighting, Filtration & Other Equipment' started by Creben, Feb 12, 2011.

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    Creben aspiring reefer

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    Aquarium lighting is specialized lighting and involves many factors such as Kelvin temperature, watts, lux, lumens, wavelength, spectrum and more. I don't for a second pretend to understand it all but I do know the lights you find in home building stores will in no way work as a substitute. If it would we all would be using it.
     
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    Neither are the right color spectrum. They can be used if you don't mind your water looking yellow.
    You can buy a magnetic metal halide ballast from your electrical supply store and that will work fine, but you need to buy a bulb in the 10K to 20k color spectrum and they are only available from aquarium related stores.
     
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    those 400 watt lights used for growing plants are way to low in the spectrum 6500k or less to much red.would be great if you had a two hundred gallon stock tank for a sump you would grow macro like its going out of style.the other lites would be good for an algea scrubber.but will not work on a tank
     
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    Ok. What about me finding a HPS light with the righ wavelength? That's the most important part yes? Has anyone on here used sodium lighting?
     
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    you wont find hps lights in the right spectrum
     
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