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    Halide LIghting Question

    I'm getting a new 250 watt halide for my tank and i was wondering if all quick disconnect cords are the same, the reason i'm wondering is because my canopy is aal setup with dual 175's and i'd like to be able to just plug one of those cords into the new 250 W ballast and go from there without having to redo the canopy ( and i'd put in a different bulb of course )
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    PFO quick disconnects are different from SLS quick disconnects IIRC.

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    Hey Mark,

    Are you referring to the standard PFO quick connects? If so, I believe that the 175w and the 250 watt connects are the same. They're 3 x 18 gauge in that chord. It's not until the 400 watter that they come with lower gauge. I was following your other thread about 175w vs. 250w and I was chuckling because I have 2 x 175 currently and at first i was so giddy with the brightness, but now that i'm used to is, it's like "how come it's so dark?" lol. It feels so inadequate (visually alteast) that I'll probably go with the 400's soon!
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    I have 2 x 250's and I always look at the tank as they warm up, and just when I think that visually the lighting is perfect, they get brighter. I keep thinking the opposite, that 250's are too bright, and i wish I had gone with 175's on my 90G.
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    Nooo! Stick with the 250's like your life depended on it. The par difference is huge for only a 75 watt difference. That's why I chose the 175's at first. I thought, how much could 75 watts make anyways? lol
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    I know i wish i woulda went with 250's to begin with!!
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    I just bought an ICE cap 250 from a guy off RC for 80$ US ( its one of the small ballasts so it will be less to ship too, i was looking at 220$ + canadian for a new one so i figure its a good deal.
    I have to wire in a socket though any links on how to do that ??
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    I've never owned an icecap before, but there must be tons of folks here who have. The wiring diagram on the ballast looks pretty straight forward (especially compared to a multitap tar ballast etc), however it also looks like this Icecap uses a molex plug of sorts in the second pic. I hope someone who has this ballast can confirm to you the wire leads for you. Looks like this guy you bought it from chopped it wires from the molex pretty short. I hope there's enough left for you to work with. If not, a new plug is about 20 bucks. I just searched for it here. I'm sure you can find one in Canada. http://www.aquariumsupplystore.com/P...ic_ballast.htm
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    Sorry, those molex plugs were for the VHO ballasts. I wonder if the pin positions are the same? But don't count on it. Hopefully someone will chime in here.
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