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Old 01-27-2013, 03:00 PM   #1
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Is this a good light for reef tank

I am in he prosecc of building a 36 gallon bow front tank into a reef tank. I was going diy a light but after figuring some numbers on price I ran across this light would this be a good light for a reef tank. Also how hot would it get and would it melt the center brace.

Odyssea Metal Halide System
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:09 PM   #2
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What do you want to keep in your tank?
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:12 PM   #3
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It would keep anything but you may see some heat issues. You might want to consider hanging it so you can raise it a bit higher and possibly run a fan.
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I personally would never go MH because of heat and operating costs.. Just my opinion
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This is just a list of corals I like. I donno how much or what can be housed to gether so this Is not a buying list just a list of the ones I like.

Bubble Tip Anemone
Green Frogspawn
Fire Eye Favia
Radioactive Zoanthids
Lunar Eclipse Palythoa
White Lightning Spong
Neon Green Acropora Carolinian
Frogspawn
Nepthea Tree
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This is a list of fish me and my girlfriend like once again not a buying list just a like list.
Green Mandarin
Blue tang
yellow tang
Powder Blue Tang
Linckia Sea Star, Blue
Blue Velvet Damselfish
Blue Sapphire Damselfish
Starcki Damsel
Bicolor Dottyback
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:23 PM   #7
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Also can the tangs be kept in a smaller tank when younger the lfs around here do trade in. I know someone that dose it with cichlid didn't know if it was the same with tangs. Also is the 1 inch of fish per gallon of water the same for salt water like fresh water.
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:33 PM   #8
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I would recommend to buy a 6 bulb t5 unit or an LED system (more $ upfront but pays for itself in the long run)

Ebay has a lot of good units at affordable prices.

The 1 inch per gallon rule is totally thrown out the window when dealing with saltwater. You want to take into consideration the fishs adult size when stocking your tank and their bio load. What size tank is yours?
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:42 PM   #9
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36 gallon bow front 30"L x 15"W x 21"H the 15"W is to at the widest point of the bow I was looking at about 45-50lbs of live rock and 3-4 in of sand
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If you have a center brace over that tank the lamp from that Odyssea halide fixture will hang directly over it and you'll have a big shadow in the middle of the tank. Years ago I purchased a Chinese metal halide unit like that one. It seemed constructed well, but the ballast was lacking. I swapped out the lamp thinking it was the problem, but the ballast wouldn't push the lamp to it's potential. Mine was the same wattage, and I couldn't even keep soft corals happy under it.
You definitely need strong lighting if you want to keep Acropora.
I wouldn't skimp.
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