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Old 02-27-2005, 05:35 PM   #1
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Mini reef lighting? 30 long

Hello,, I am gonna be setting up a Mini reef with a 30 long aquarium. I am gonna be using power compact lighting. I am wondering what wattage I would need to keep corals. Would a double 96Watt compact fixture be enough or too much? Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 02-27-2005, 06:07 PM   #2
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The general rule of thumb for fluorescent bulbs is 3-5 watts per gal. of aquarium water. A double 96 watt fixture would be great on a 30gal. That would leave you with many options as far as corals go-you would be able to keep some of the more light demanding corals. HTH and welcome to the site .
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Do halides. You could do like a 175w pendant.
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Old 02-27-2005, 08:01 PM   #4
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what length is the tank. You would want 1 MH per 2 ft in length to get full coverage.
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Hello,,, the tank will be 36" long,12 deep, and 16 high. I don't think I want to go with halides. Shouldn't a couple 96watt PC's be pretty good? Or something approximately that. So far this is a very nice site for help.

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Old 02-27-2005, 09:48 PM   #6
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Halides will cover well on a 3 foot tank. One halide would cover a 30 gallon GREAT. But i am sure that 2 96's if that is what you are planning would be fine
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Well I am still kinda trying to decide I don't have a ton of money to spend to start and it is going to be in my living room. Can Halides be used and look nice,, and keep the heat down?

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Yes, especially if you go with pendants. I'd be really tempted to go with two bulbs over a 36" tank though. IMO, you'll be fine with a 2x96w PC system though. 12" is pretty shallow and the PC's should penetrate that depth quite well. What kind of corals do you intend to keep? That is what will really determine the lighting you need. If you are going to want lots of SPS in this tank, then I'd say go with the halides. Otherwise, the PC's should do the trick.
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Thanks alot guys you have been a great help so far. I am gonna check around and think about some things. I am excited to set up but want to do it right. I will be back for more help I am sure.

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