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    Tank Lighting "Recommendations Anyone"

    Hello to all.

    Looking for your wisdom on this one.

    I am planning a setup which will consist of either
    a 120 G or a 150 G "short" reef tank. "Don't plan
    on just Corals, fish will be a definite part of the equation. Tank dimensions will either be 4'x2'x2' or 5'x2'x2' haven't decided yet.

    The question I am putting out here is...
    What should I expect to have to put out for lighting, (dollar wise) and do I need one of those new $1K+ units which has HQI, HVOs. ..terms I can't even define yet".

    There is a member selling a light on here in the Classifieds. I am thinking about it, but would like further input on options. I don't want to incur the expense if it is overkill.

    Part of my decision process will take the cost of purchasing and running these lights into consideration.

    My plan for the moment is to set up the tank as follows. 40 G sump, Tunze 9010 Skimmer, Quiet One 3000 return pump, and a Tunze 6000 inside the tank for movement.

    Feel free to comment on any of my plans here.
    Just remember, my main concern for now is in the lights.

    Also what will the $ value be to run these babies?

    Thanks to all who reply.

    Roger

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    the type and how much lighting you will need will depend on what corals you want to keep. have you put much thought into coral yet? if so what are you thinking of?
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    One word T5HO

    I have a 5' Lx18" w x 26"T 120g with 6 4' T5's driven by 2 icecap 660 ballasts and love them. I have clams and SPS and have no problems.
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    Rob is right.. if you overdrive the T5HO like he does.. then for sure it should work fine. I myself am a believer in a mix of both.. metal halides and T5HO.
    both work great together.

    like everyone said, depends on what you intend to keep.
    also depends if you are going to do it yourself ( DIY ) or want a ready made system... ready made stuff is way more expensive... all depends how deep your pocket goes lol..

    seems like you want to build that thing yourself ( from your dimensions ) so if you can build a tank.. why not give the lighting a try at the same time
    I did it all myself.. love it.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShipWreck View Post
    One word T5HO

    I have a 5' Lx18" w x 26"T 120g with 6 4' T5's driven by 2 icecap 660 ballasts and love them. I have clams and SPS and have no problems.
    What kind of T5's are you using???

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    i personally would go with DE 250's or 400 SE's with 24" in depth you want that ability to haev whatever you want and place it where ever you want. i am running 250DE on my 29 which is over kill but its working great for me! plan ahead so you have more options for corals and placement of them.. I would say DE250's if your not going to go coral crazy and have a nice mix or corals and fish! :b7:

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    B.Y.O. lighting

    Do you have plans, and instructions along with
    parts list for this build your own lighting system
    you suggest? I'd love to do it myself.

    Thank You

    Roger

    Quote Originally Posted by liv View Post
    Rob is right.. if you overdrive the T5HO like he does.. then for sure it should work fine. I myself am a believer in a mix of both.. metal halides and T5HO.
    both work great together.

    like everyone said, depends on what you intend to keep.
    also depends if you are going to do it yourself ( DIY ) or want a ready made system... ready made stuff is way more expensive... all depends how deep your pocket goes lol..

    seems like you want to build that thing yourself ( from your dimensions ) so if you can build a tank.. why not give the lighting a try at the same time
    I did it all myself.. love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZXZXZ View Post
    What kind of T5's are you using???
    I have a mixture of aqua science bulbs and Geisman bulbs. All the parts are icecap and I put it together myself. Since my tank was 5' I used 4' bulbs and stagered them so that they cover the full 5' length. If you go with a 2' tank you could get 8 bulbs in no problem and then you would have even better lighting.
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    for reflectors for the metal halides, I recommend the lumenarc A3 or A3 mini.
    I bought the A3 mini, from Sanjai's reviews and others they rated top notch.

    for the T5HO reflectors, go with single reflectors ( one per bulb ). I picked mine from aquakits.ca.

    the ballasts, I would go electronic. I picked mine from a local store, I went with the coralvue dimmable 400w ballasts. its great to be able to dimm them so when you have new bulbs, you can gently put them in, not stressing corals as much. you will also save on hydro.

    ballasts for T5HO, icecaps are awesome, but were too expensive for me, I picked up workhorse ballasts.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    Thanks to all who have replied to date, keep em coming. My next question is ...
    "Watts" required, that won't be overkill. Guess that's been done before.
    Couldn't resist. Oops another electrical joke.

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