First off... Please - Let's not turn this into yet another MH vs LED debate.
So as the title states, I'm going back to MH/T5. I ran this combo for years.
I still have my old AquaMedic 48" (2) 250w DE with (2)54w T5's. I always ran Phoenix 14K lamps.
This had (2) M80 ballasts.
Now to the reason for my post.
I want to update/upgrade this light.
The two I'm looking at are the Giesmann Infinity which is (2) 250w DE with (4) 54w T5's I will run
the Phoenix 14K lamps in this.
The other is a Hamilton (2) 250w mogul base with (4) 54w T5's. I would run Radium 20K's.
Either way, I will be going with electronic ballasts for the MH. I want them quiet, and I need a small
form factor due to the placement.
So, I welcome your thoughts, input, etc. on fixture, lamps, and ballast selection.
So, I don't know about all electronic HQI ballasts, because I have only ran the Galaxy 250-HQI-400-turbo400 ballasts and galaxy M80 magnet is and with 250W radiums, I can't see the difference. Neither is all that blue. The problem is finding that breed of ballets as they have been out of production for almost a decade.
I run the Spectra fixture and the Halide reflectors, while small are very good. The T5 reflectors are pretty good but the tank sits in my foye so the fixture profile is of paramount importance.
Currently I'm running 400W radiums and I absolutely love them.
Thanks, should have it today. I have my old MH/T5 AquaMedic running now, it's been 5 days, and I can already see a marked improvement over the Radions.
Not to mention, I like the look of the tank so much better. More natural.
I should have never switched.
Plastic injection molds. P20 tool steel mill and lathe machining. Mostly medical products. That was before we were bought out by a bigger company. Now its just pumping plastic parts through the machines as fast as we can. lol