Originally Posted by Holygral
If you want to keep nems and not worry how how or low they are in the tank. get MH
lighting, expensive-yes, bulbs expensive-yes, hard on electric-yes, nems thrive under them, yes....................plus you can pretty much keep anything you want with them
Metal halides can be found for pretty **** cheap on Craigslist. Heat can be an issue but many people can overcome the heat with a clip on fan or two. I personally use a 150w halide over my 29g, no fans tank maxs at 80F on a hot day with AC
set at 74.
The power consumption issue is not that drastic, especially once you realize this is an expensive hobby to begin with lol.
But my highest recommendation goes to LED
's hands down. Many here will recommend taeotronics (sp) led
panels, which are pretty cheap less than $200 i believe and one should cover the tank and allow you to grow anything including nems and SPS
, i personally have no experience with these fixtures but im sure some here that do would have no problems answering any questions you have about them.
If I remember right your tank is a 46g bowfront, for T5HO your gonna want a 6 bulb of you go that route.