I am planning on upgrading my lighting. I currently have a 75 gal
with a 4x55 PC
fixture. Corals are only softies(zoos,leathers,shrooms
,xenia and leathers)
I would like to start looking at some heavier light corals but am pretty happy with what I have. I mainly have frags
so I just want them to grow as quick as possible.
I have been leaning towards a 2x250MH with T5 or similar actnics. But I have some questions... With 14k or higher bulbs, are actnics really necessary? If I am losing about a gal
of water a day, will a MH
setup make that worse? Will I see an increase in my electric bill(electronic ballast)? If I never went to harder corals, would this setup be way over kill? I have read that xenia are easy to keep and spread quickly but mine seem to not do so well even when my other corals do.
Lastly, would the MH
setup be superior to a 4x96 PC
fixture? I assume the PC
fixture would not have to be as high off the water so I could swap it for my current fixture. Prices are not really that different though.
Thanks for any suggestions...