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big t

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Well I finally got the lights that I have been waiting for since before christmas! I am running a Sunlight Supply pulse start twin ballast w/ built in timer, and Pendants for mogul bulbs. The bulb of choice was the XM 10k 250w. My tank is a 55g soon to be upgraded to a 90. Well enough typing here are some before and after shots w/ the vho, and then the new halides.




 

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I really like the fact that my tank is no longer pink. I will post some pics in a few weeks after the corals hopefully start to really color up nicely
 

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Very nice Tom ... I like the look ... But then again the lighting looks very similar to mine :lol: Let us know how those XM's work out for you. If you notice any changes in color over the coming months. And yes, I agree, non-pink is a good thing :)
 

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Looks great Tom! I really like the XMs. They have been on my tank for a month now and seem to be doing their job. I think they look very similar to the ABs at a lower cost.
 

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Couldn't wait to slap those babies on there, eh Tom? I take it I drove out of the driveway and you ran back in to play with your new toys.

Looks great and I bet those corals will really color up nice now.

By the way, thanks a million for the sump.

-Erik
 

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Tom, the new lights look awesome!!! :shock:

Glad to see that you finally got those babies, and can't wait to come down and see them in person.

Eliyah
 

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Yes, XM single ended bulbs will fire on magnetic, i.e regular M57/58 ballasts.

I have 250 watt XM 20ks running on a regular m57 type Advance magnetic with capacitor ballast, and its great, albeit not as efficient.

- Elmo
 

big t

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Haha, you are so right Erik, I could hardly contain myself.

Eliyah, you should come down!

Plumber bob, I don't think I am using a HQI ballast, just a pulse start. At least I don't think its HQI

Cesar, I do not plan on selling the vho setup, sorry. I need it for me frag system whenever that happens
 

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Hey thanks mojo, I hope they do. Most already look a load better, but I am hoping the tan and brown ones return to their former glory of your tank.
 

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Thanks Erik

I do not know when that is going to be. I have a big job ahead of me on this stand. I am definately not in a hurry now that I understand the full implications of building this stand. I purchased the wood today and it cost upwards of 300 bux. I got some really beautiful birds eye maple and some nice walnut for this project.
 

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Tom,
That is one beauty of a tank. I like it without a hood. Where did you get your walnut and birdseye?

Don
 

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Hey Don, thanks!

I got my materials from AWI, I think that is what it was called, right there in tacoma. I got what I thought were some dang good prices, the birds eye was 6.50 a bf, and the walnut was 4.50 a bf. I also bought a 3/4" sheet of walnut ply for the top, sides and back. The front it going to be solid hardwood. It should be pretty sweet w/ walnut frames and a birds eye raised panel.
 

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AWI ? Is that the little place down on Center St? Have you tried NW Wood? Its a small private mill between Pac ave and canyon.

Don
 

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AWI, Architectural Woods Inc
1201 Puyallup Av
TACOMA, WA 98421 - 2323

This place was no small little shop, it is a absolutely enourmous wholesale place.

NW hardwoods is on my little list of places to check out. I heard good things about them. So I take it that you also recommend? Are you going to the meeting Don? I would definately like to meet you.
 

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If I want to stay married for another 17 years I better not. My better half is coming home from Costa Rica the day of the meeting. No free weekends until my first grand baby is born in June. I'm doing a Brazilian Walnut cradle but I may have to jump ship and use Oak I miscalculated bf. I found a limited source of huge stairs from a Barneys tear out but its very limited. I would like to pick up one of the frags you have listed.

Not NW hardwood just wood. www.nwwood.com

Don
 
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