If the tank will stay FO
, you need not spend alot of money on lighting. The need for better light would come with an FOWLR
(for coralline) or reef. Before you decide on any lighting, I would first research the many types of corals and sessile invertebrates that you may be passing up. Lighting can be quite pricey and only something you wnat to purchase once.
, the NO fluorecents would be fine. FOWLR
, the PC
set up above would do for coralline plus a bit extra. If reef, then you would do better with a 2x250w MH
lighting with actinic supplimentation. The deeper the tank and more light demading the corals, the more intense the light needs to be. If you end up favoring primarily SPS
and such, you would do better with 2x400w MH
with a 31" depth.