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    i was just wondering if this is a decent light to start off with? i am on a budget but i will slowly be upgrading. the tank is 90 gal. thanks for your help Icecap 660 sorry about that

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    The icecap 660 is only a ballast... it doesn't come with anything else you will need(endcaps, lamps, reflector)... you will also need to wire everything. Other than that... the icecap 660 is a great ballast.

    If your looking to start off with VHO lamps and want to save a little more... go with a lighting kit(can't remember the name of it right now). It has everything you need to get a 2x 110 watt VHO setup up and running(the ballast is made by the same company that makes the icecap ballasts).. I think it was $130 for the kit(I might actually have one left in the basement)

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    i havent used vho but im using t5s and i think they are great. nice and small.... parts are relatively cheap too... if you are really good with wiring i seen people just wire it right up without endcaps...

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    [QUOTE=chujai; if you are really good with wiring i seen people just wire it right up without endcaps...[/QUOTE]

    I wouldn't recommend this at all. Could you imagine if they caught fire especially around all that water. Try and file an insurance claim then. Just a thought. I have VHO's and MH's and I love them. I think t5's are the way to go thou. I think they are much cheaper. Well the bulbs anyway.
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    would the kit be enough light for a 90gal? this way when i upgrade, i can get mh and use the kit mentioned for actinic...... right???


    thanks for you help

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    Go with the t5's with individual refelectors. Then upgrade and just get your halides and individual refelctors and you are set.
    Jason

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    I love T5 but if you can afford the VHO I would take this route. The good news about the kit is if you decide to upgrade to a MH/VHO combo.. you can still use everything except for the reflectors... upgrade your reflector with a MH/VHO reflector and your all set.

    Ivan

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