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    ReeferRob - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Is it still necessary for me to add fans to my new light canopy? Even though its not inclosed like a fixture and is completely exposed?
    Obviously not concerned with tank temp but more durability and par of bulbs.
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    Fans NEVER hurt. All electronics will last longer and stay stronger the cooler they are kept. It's just the way they work.
    Does water always taste like salt and poo????


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    rob is this for the lights you just built with the icecap balast if so i would highly recomend fans as bulbs beeing over driven tend to put off more heat and should be cooled if possible
    I have been reefing from 08-2007 till 5-2011

    reef tanks are like wifes you have to give them some attention every now and then

    current tank is an 80g FW containing Oscars

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    See I don't know squat about Retros...........the IceCap 660 is an over drive ballast?
    How high should I have my lights over the water surface?
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    yes icecap ballasts are over drive ballasts so for. your 24" bulbs you are pushing more. wattage then what they say I think it s 32w instead of. 24 so coolng the bulbS iS highly recomnded for longer life
    I have been reefing from 08-2007 till 5-2011

    reef tanks are like wifes you have to give them some attention every now and then

    current tank is an 80g FW containing Oscars

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    As for height most people run t5s about. 2 to 6 inch above the. Water
    I have been reefing from 08-2007 till 5-2011

    reef tanks are like wifes you have to give them some attention every now and then

    current tank is an 80g FW containing Oscars

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    I have T5's and have owned different fixtures in the past. I am familiar with there benefits and power.
    I am not with retros and over driven under driven ballast stuff.
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    I agree with tazzy. Keeping the bulbs and ballest cool will help them last longer.

    As far as heating the water goes- as long as you have good surface agitation, you probly dont have to worry much about them heating the water.

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    Does your 660 have the heat sink on it?
    Anyone can grow Zoa's and LPS I have some in my sump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedstar View Post
    Does your 660 have the heat sink on it?
    No didn't come with one.
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