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    185 Gal Upgrade

    Below is the upgrade I am about to do, and i wanted to run it by you guys for any opinions before its finalized (in about a half hour)

    185 Gal (60x24x30) Oceanic - Signature Series stand and canopy.
    Coralife MH bulbs (2x175W 10,000k + Actinic) Electronic Balasts
    Giant One pump (like Iwaki but quieter)
    Berlin Sump
    Corner overflow box (1" drain 3/4" return)
    1/4 HP chiller.
    (total plus installation, set-up, etc. = $6,500 US)

    if you have any comments/suggestions please speak up now or forever hold your peace.

    thanks.
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    the metal halides are to low in Watts.. you need 250's or 400's

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    it was originally supposed to be 3 400W bulbs, but the guy he's ordering from said that it will end up bleaching my corals and suggested i just put 2 175W bulbs.
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    anybody ever hear of a "GiantOne" pump? are they reliable?
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    ok, i insisted on 2x400W MH bulbs.
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    should i go with a Dolphin Pump instead?
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    how strong of a pump should i get?
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    The size of the pump depends on what you want to do. Are you planning a pump for your return only- and using powerheads for flow inside the tank or are you planning a closed loop?

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    which is better/easier?
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    Cool

    PUMPS: SEQUENCE,are the best on the market at this time with better flow.
    CORAL LIFE: na, heard not so good things about these lamps.
    your depth is 24'' I believe? if so, go 250w DE [double ended lamps with matching ballast. very bright and a little cheaper on hydro. 400w are awsome as well but at 24'' with a sandbed you can use the 250w DE.
    Are you using 2 drains? hope so. Its essential that 1 drain handle all flow and the other is a backup because something will eventually block a drain somehow.

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