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    Lighting a tank 24" to 30" deep tank.

    Will Helios T5's be enough light for a tank that deep? Or will I have to go metal halides? I curently only have leathers, zoos', shrooms, and some lps. Wouldn't mind venturing into sps and clams.

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    If the helios are High output... I'm sure you'll be fine with the corals you have. I'm running a couple HO ARC T5 lamps on my wall tank and am very happy with the results.

    Watch out for the so called actinic T5 lamps.. I find them very dim and more on the purple side. I'm a big fan of the ARC Actinic + lamps(I think other brands call them blue plus or something like that). They make your corals florecent just as nice as true actinics but give off a much brighter 'blue' light.

    Marinescape and Ottawa invert carry them($10-$15 per lamp).

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    If I go that route they will be HO. Whats a good retro kit with 6" bulbs?

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    Make sure the kit has individual T5 reflectors. Tech lighting I think its called or icecap(the ones I use).

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    for 24-30" deep.. not sure T5's will be enough... should be for softies.
    but clams and sps.. at 24-30.. You will need stronger lighting unless you setup your rockwork so that these animals are closer to the top. Don't get me wrong, its doable, but will require some work.

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

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    Are you doing 24" or 30"?

    At 24" T5HO's with a good quality reflector, and good bulbs should be fine. Overdriving the bulbs using an Icecap ballast and that will be even better.

    At 30" you should be good if you put the softies on the bottom with lps, sps and clams up 6-8". Or go to MH's at this point.
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    no other comments??

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    well, on top of this, think about water clarity. if you can keep your water super clear(transparent), The light will get in deeper for sure. Its a proven fact.
    Make your system upgradeable, Try out a few things, see how your corals react.
    i'd go metal halide for that added bonus of having the light shimmer.. I love that ocean look.

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

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    After looking at the "Tank of the Month" on reef central, Im thinking T5 will do the trick. He has a 96"x48"x30" tank full of sps and clams. Go check it out. Its frakin awesome!!

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    yes, but he's running 28 * 48" T5HO, and most likely overdriving them with icecap ballasts. if you overdrive them they wont last as long, but many people report great success.

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

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