RSM 250. Replace bulbs or retrofit hood?

james30ct

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I am leaving the hood on. Taking it off is not an option for me. I actually like the look of it anyway.
Right now I am running only 5 bulbs + LED strip.
The 36" Reefbrite actinic strip BARELY fits.
Took a slight hood modification to get it installed, but I was pulling it apart to replace the fans anyway.(which I highly recommend... My temp dropped 2 degrees after replacing worn hood fans)
Strip fits just in front of screws for bulb hatch.
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I angled it back slightly to get better coverage.
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When closed, rests just barely between hinges.
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The LED is plenty bright! This is with only the LED strip on.
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For bulbs, I have:
2 blue plus
2 actinic
1 coral plus
I tried putting a purple plus in there, but it looked too purple for me. Another coral plus is on the way. I will try that when it gets here.
Does the reefbrite get wet?
 

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Awesome, might have to do this myself!

any par measurements? although.... pretty hard to do once the top is closed haha.
 
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I don't have a par meter yet. Sorry. I can tell you there is plenty of light though. I have SPS getting too much light halfway up in the tank. Pulled 2 bulbs today to try and reduce PAR a bit.
 
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This is what I got. The 36" one. Like I said, it was a very tight fit. Barely fits between the hinges.
Worth every penny though. Added excellent actinic pop.
 

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Here's my tank with only 5 bulbs installed , 550 par just below water surface . I bought it 8 months ago it's pretty clean and all there paid $500 tank & stand , put new fans all the way around and new bulbs .
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