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bandr1002
04-14-2011, 11:34 AM
So this is my first attempt at MH, and i need to pick up some bulbs (down the road) before the coral is added.

I am wanting to house some green slimer, miliopora, things of that nature, duncans, blasto, acans (of course), lobo, not sure of the rest...

which bulbs are best? i need to double ended 150 watt, and 2 96 watt pcs.
the pc's are going to be actinic, but i am not sure of what brand to get for the MH's. i am thinking 14k, but again i would also like to see good growth....
i know many of you are switching to LED's, but i am sure that you all have much experience with the MH's, so i figure i will ask the pro's.....

I am on a budget so i don't want to spend too much on the bulbs if you know what i mean....

Gomojoe
04-14-2011, 01:02 PM
For the cost I think the Phoenix 14Ks are pretty good. Although they look more like a 20K to me. I've seen pretty good growth with them though. How big of a tank is this on?

hooked
04-14-2011, 01:09 PM
I had 2x 250w phoenix 14k mh over my 90 before switching to LED. I liked the color, not alot of blue. Growth was great. If you use actinic PC's you would be good. I have one of the club's 20k MH over my frag tank. The phoenix are not even close to that blue. Keep in mind color perception differs between people.

bandr1002
04-14-2011, 01:56 PM
How big of a tank is this on?

going over a 90 gallon.
thanks for the replies, i was thinking of actually going the route of phoenix 14k's, so i guess that is the way i shall go...

notchback5.0
04-14-2011, 02:28 PM
personally i have never bought the "good lights" as so many people here do. I get my bulbs from lighting dudes.com. I have been using their bulbs since I added MH to my tank. They are significatnly cheaper than any other bulbs, and always work for me... I also use dual end 150w bulbs.

bandr1002
04-14-2011, 05:06 PM
Hey Notch, are you keeping sps in the tank? got any pics, before and after growth?

notchback5.0
04-18-2011, 04:30 PM
I do not do SPS any more. I have never really liked SPS, so I got rid of anyting SPS I had. I really only like softies, and LPS. I do not have any before and after pics... sorry LPS and softies seem to grow very well under my lights.

notchback5.0
04-18-2011, 04:30 PM
when I had SPS, they were growing fast as well..