I'm currently planning an upgrade for one of my 55's to a 90gal glass. Have pretty much chosen all the equipment and move technique (moving the sand bed will be a real chore), but I'm not quite decided on lighting.
I'm planning on keeping a mix of fish and easily cared for corals that have at worst moderate lighting demands. Basically anything that demands MH
lighting I' trying to avoid because I want to stay with low maintenence lighting. MH
means a different hood, power, etc., and I'm just trying to not go there....... for now.
I'm left to bantering between T5's or power compact, the later I prefer because it's basically a T5 bent in a 'U' if you think about it, but there are some nifty T5 fixtures coming out. I'm otherwise thinking about 4-96watt PC
's being sufficient unless there are some other opinions out there. Having half a dozen 55watt PC
's seems like a pain and kind of redundant with 96watt PC
's being more efficient and just as easily attainable now.
The mix of lighting is another dilema. I normally mix actinic with 10,000k with a 50/50 ratio, but I recently saw some 30gal reef tanks using 6700k T5's mixed with actinic, and they were awesome. The 6700K bulbs really brought out the reds and oranges of anemones and fish unlike any 10,000k or MH
set up I've ever seen that often tend to look a bit sterile. Anybody else messing with 6700K bulbs, or even lower to bring out color?
I'm also noticing that square pin configs with 96watt PC
's seems far more common than straight, although straight pin seems more common with 55watt and smaller. Am I just looking at the wrong dealers, or is there a conspiracy here?