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Old 08-09-2007, 03:28 PM   #11
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You may want to look into VHO set ups as well as T-5. VHO lamps are longer and may provide more coverage for less $, I'm not sure. As far as color goes, w/ 20k MH lamps you should already be on the blue side. You could go w/ actinic fluorescents for some more "pop" from your corals and some fish, but the tank may be too blue. You can also do a dawn/dusk simulation w/ actinics. Something in the 10k range would add some more white to your current lighting, and 50/50's more whitish blue. It depends on whether you like a yellow, crisp white, or bluish look to your tank. Personally I would probably look at something in the 10-12 k range w/ 20 k MH. HTH

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I am not sure of how your rockwork is situated or if you are willing to change, but you could construct a patch reef on one end where light penetration (both halides) would be at a maximum and have it descend/extend towards the other end with minimal light penetration so that it resembles deeper water (T5).

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I am planning on reaquascaping my tank anyways so I can plan accordingly. Thanks for you help guys, lots of good info.
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Nice suggestion Innovator.
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For a 72in tank I suggest going with three MH lamps as well. If the brace in the middle of the tank is clear acrylic you should be okay. I would not worry too much about the heat issue. As, mentioned, your lamps should be placed high enough above the tank as to not heat things up too much. Running a small desk fan over the surface of the water will certainly help. As far as color goes, I am a fan of 10K or 14K MH bulbs with actinic suppliments (CF, VHO, etc.).
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I agree! You need 3 lights, but if you just do 2, you could place sps or clams right under the direct rays of the MH's and put the softies on the outsides.

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