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    recommended VHO lighting

    My first 90g marine has finally cycled and I have added a couple of clown fish and some snails & crabs. All is well for about a week now.

    Up until this point, I have been using 40w daylighters, but it is time to replace them with VHO.

    I have capacity for 2 48" VHO bulb, but need a recommendation of the type of bulbs to buy.

    The tank itself will be a fish only with some live rock, not a reef tank. Right now, I have about 45 lbs of live rock. I may add another 20 sometime in the future, but I like the look I have right now. I will eventually add an anemone, and maybe some soft corals.

    I was thinking:

    1 Coralife 50/50 VHO (110w)
    1 Coralife 10,000K daylight VHO (110w)

    What do you think?

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    First off, Welcome!!

    If you are planning on fish only then the lights are really only so they now its daytime and so you can see them. I have run with NOs on my FO tank for 7 years with great results. As for which type you probably have a good combo for nice color/viewing.
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    I have heard URI bulbs are among the best for VHO. especially their actinic.

    Dave

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    Thanks for the welcome Shipwreck

    Where is the best place in town to buy VHO? I know Bigals requires a special order...does marinescape carry URI?

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    I've run VHOs now for 4 years. I have an Icecap 660 (awesome ballast) and have used URI Super Actinic since I got the ballast. Expensive bulbs but great color. I now run two el cheapo phillips 6500K NOs with two URI Super Actinics. I get great growth and like the look. I have run URI 50/50s and the 10Ks too. I liked the 50/50s better then the 10Ks.

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    If you plan an anemone in the future, you will likely need to move to MH lighting. Might be something to bear in mind. NO lights would be fine for a FOWLR, and even for many soft corals. Maybe save on VHO and go directly to MH.
    Nick

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    I think MH would be a little overkill for what I am looking for right now...just want an an anemone to please the clowns sometime in the future.

    I've already invested in VHO...if I can't keep an anemone with 220w I likely wait until my second setup...I sense one coming already....

    Either way, it is a new setup and not ready for an anemone for at least another 12mo. Ive got the time to decide...

    There seems to be some mixed opinion on if I need to buy the VHO for FOWLR...The thing is I have some brown ditrus algea growing on the glass, which I understand flourishes a low level lighting. I know snails & crabs will take care of that in a hurry, but I thought it was time to upgrade.

    Also, thought some of the inverts & softies required VHO.

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    IMO MH is never overkill.Everyone that bought them knows the big difference in the quality of the view you will have.MH gives a very nice ripple effect on water.

    Another thing is that you never have to worry about the old "are my lights good enought for this coral?"

    They take ALOT less space in the canopy as well.

    Ive got 2 x 250 watts on a 36 inche 40 gallon tank FOWLR and i wouldnt go without....but since youve already invested in VHO....Well..Its Kinda hard to get back into your money.
    Derik...

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    i see...you make a strong case. I guess I always considered MH reef lighting

    oh well. This is a journey...I keep on learning.

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    Nickb, you can have a striving anemone under Vho's....but not all types. I have a bta under my vho's and it's looking really good.
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