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Old 04-29-2005, 12:07 PM   #1
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Please grade my future lighting!

I have asked this before, but I just want to make sure before I purchase. I am setting up a 150 gal. FOWLR. I want to purchase a 72" Coralife 4x96 power compact hood(2 10k, 2 actinic). I want to know if this lighting will be enough? And will I be able to keep any coral with this lighting? I really can't afford to jump to the next level(halide) right now. Please let me know, I would like to get my tank going. I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 04-29-2005, 12:23 PM   #2
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how deep is your tank? keeping any corals under this umm i would leave clams and high light corals out unless you put them very high up on the rock close to the light. but i am sure you can keep alot of different less needing light coral they should do fine. if i had that tank setup i would probably stay away from extremely high light corals unless i put them at the top of my tank. well anyways this is what i have heard on the forum i only have low ligh corals right now i cant afford metal haliade right now either. hope that helps
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Old 04-29-2005, 12:49 PM   #3
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If I were you I would just continue to save and invest in MH later on. I'm only speaking from personal experience because i made the mistake of buying a PC hood and then upgrading again. I have a 72G tank and at first I bought a PC hood for my tank. After a few months I decided I wanted to have some higher light demanding corals and had to upgrade to MH. If you just wait a while and save up some more money, you can go with MH and end up saving $$$s in the long run.

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Old 04-29-2005, 06:01 PM   #4
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You can get a few retro 250w MH with everything for $180-$200 each. I would save for that instead if you plan on keeping any kind of corals. It will indeed save you money over time.

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With the price of lighting being as high as it is, you only want to do it once. 4x96 watts of lighting will enable you keep some mushrooms and zoos as long as they are up high in the tank. Buying a more powerfull systems from the beginning will enable you to keep a much brader range of corals. If you plan on building a reef in the futre, I recommend starting off with a more intense system. Look at the 72in Aqualight Pro by Coralife as an alternative. Good luck
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Old 04-29-2005, 10:56 PM   #6
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$180-200 each but he will need 3

I think you will be ok for softies(zoos, leathers, etc) and maybe some LPS. I ran a 4x55 on my 75 gal with good results. 2.5 watts is on the low side and if that tank is tall, sofities might be it.

A used retro kit would be your best bet to save money.
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My tank is 29" deep. I was wondering if I keep some high on the rock, will it be O.K. If I go with a halide retrofit, how much will that cost me? Where would I look for used retrofits(EBay)? Coralife also sells a 6x96 hood, but it sells for $745.
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What about this idea. I buy the 4x96 coralife pc. The fixture is only 7 1/4" deep. I put that towards the front of the tank. Later on I could buy some halide pendants or something to put behind the pc's. my tank is 18" deep. This way later on I can keep some coral.
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What's your budget for the lighting?

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About $400 to $500 right now.
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