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So one of my friends has a 400 watt metal halide light that he bought from texas hydroponics and I'm not using it anymore and I was wondering if I could use that for my 58 gallon reef tank. And what are the downfalls with using a light like this one? I'm just trying to save some money by not buying a whole new metal halide setup. thanks for input

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I'm no expert in this field but I'm sure someone will chime in sooner or later.

But to me a 400W bulb is a 400W bulb no matter how you slice it. I'd make sure and use a reef bulb vs. a grow bulb so your colors will be pleasing to the eye. I think a grow bulb would be in the 5500K range and you'd want something from 10000k to 20000k. Some bulbs require a special HQI ballast to fire so make sure what you order will work with the ballast/mogul and you should be good. But like I say I'm no expert, only assuming.

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Tomatoes......suuure....Anyway I agree as long as you use a reefbulb I couldn't see why this wouldn't work. Just make sure the bulb is compatible with your ballast

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once upon a time.. but this isn't a tomatoe forum so lets not go there :whistle:

I may be wrong but if this is a double ended bulb system won't UV protection be needed? (Not sure if this would have been needed for 'tomatoes')

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