Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 11-30-2011, 05:13 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Yenga80's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 18
What size reef tank & what kind of light?

hello all, my name is andy. I have just recently had interest in owning a saltwater tank. Since snorkeling in the bahamas last month over some beautiful reefs I have wanted to start one at home. My last aquariums were fresh water when i was young. I have been doing a lot of reading online and in books. Right now i am reading saltwater aquarium models by John Tullock. Good info so far. My goal is to start either a 180 or 210 gallon tank and slowly build it up over a year or so. I want to definitely take it slow and do it right. Any advise out there for reef tank owners what size works best? I have read in John's book about light travel through water and the deeper the water the harder the light penetration. And with coral, etc. light is very important. Now in his book it does not mention LED lights only MH. With LED is light penetration better. Will a 30 inch depth versus 24 inch make much difference? Thanks for the input and future answers!
__________________

__________________
Yenga80 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2011, 07:59 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
CleverBs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Posts: 2,210
With that large of a tank avoid LED to get LEDS that will give you proper lighting it will cost you ALOT of money. Go with MH or t5ho Lighting these are both great options, The T5HO will run cooler, Cost you less in electricity. I would go with the 180 because the lighting will be more efficient and there arnt many fish that are reef safe that require that large of a tank. However bigger is normaly better so your call if it was me Id go the 210 because id figure if I didnt go 210 id kick myself later down the road. the price difference between the 2 may be drastic im not sure however. Good luck taking it slow, thats what I say every time I start a tank then I some how obtain everything in a couple weeks when I planned on allowing it to take a couple months lol. LED imo just isnt there yet in the technology to be great with reefs it can be done but it will cost you and most the time its DIY project.
__________________

__________________
75G SPS Bare Bottom Reef
4g Nano LPS Reef
40g Fowlr
CleverBs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2011, 09:04 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
BallinCrew10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Auburn MA
Posts: 944
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yenga80
hello all, my name is andy. I have just recently had interest in owning a saltwater tank. Since snorkeling in the bahamas last month over some beautiful reefs I have wanted to start one at home. My last aquariums were fresh water when i was young. I have been doing a lot of reading online and in books. Right now i am reading saltwater aquarium models by John Tullock. Good info so far. My goal is to start either a 180 or 210 gallon tank and slowly build it up over a year or so. I want to definitely take it slow and do it right. Any advise out there for reef tank owners what size works best? I have read in John's book about light travel through water and the deeper the water the harder the light penetration. And with coral, etc. light is very important. Now in his book it does not mention LED lights only MH. With LED is light penetration better. Will a 30 inch depth versus 24 inch make much difference? Thanks for the input and future answers!
I would do the 180 because its not as tall and lighting will be better for your corals. The larger the tank the easier it is to maintain stable water parameters, but the difference in difficulty between a 180 and 210 will be virtually nonexistent.

Taking it slow has been your best idea yet. More reading and research is needed. IMO if that book is only talking about MH and doesn't say anything about LED's it may be slightly outdated. I agree a good T5HO fixture would be a better option.
__________________
BallinCrew10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2011, 09:10 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
CleverBs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Posts: 2,210
the only thing you will gain from the larger tank is a larger stock list. and honestly I think you would be able to have all you want with a 180 if going reef, if you were going FOWLR i would tell you go with the 210.
__________________
75G SPS Bare Bottom Reef
4g Nano LPS Reef
40g Fowlr
CleverBs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2011, 09:18 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
BallinCrew10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Auburn MA
Posts: 944
Quote:
Originally Posted by CleverBs
the only thing you will gain from the larger tank is a larger stock list. and honestly I think you would be able to have all you want with a 180 if going reef, if you were going FOWLR i would tell you go with the 210.
The stocking list will be the same either way. They have the same footprint. What's the 210 a few inches taller? That would hardly be the difference between getting a fish or not getting it.
__________________
BallinCrew10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2011, 09:23 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
crister13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Princeton, NJ
Posts: 3,473
The 210 really isnt much of a difference. Personally, I would go with the 210. I would be mad later if I didnt get it. The lighting may cost a little bit more but its worth it. I was looking into a 125 and got a 150 and theyre just taller. Its 30 MORE gallons. Its easier to maintain. IF you have the money, go 210.
__________________
crister13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2011, 09:31 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
BallinCrew10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Auburn MA
Posts: 944
He wants a reef though. Why make it even harder to light the tank. The 180 is already 24" deep, any deeper and he'll need to use his snorkeling equipment to adjust any low lying corals. The extra 30 gallons as far as stabilization at that stage is insignificant. Normally, I'd be all about a bigger tank, but in this case its not worth the extra aggravation.
__________________
BallinCrew10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2011, 09:50 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Patrick93's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 322
Go as big as you can cause in the end you will always want something bigger. Everyday my tank looks smaller lol
__________________
Patrick93 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2011, 09:53 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Yenga80's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 18
Thanks for the replies! Will def have to do some more research into reef tanks and lighting requirements. You all do understand my question about the height difference with the 180 being 24" and the 210 at 29 " or 30" not sure exact. So this t5 light is this MH also or something different.
__________________
Yenga80 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2011, 09:55 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Yenga80's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 18
I meant in last post will the height difference between the two make much difference in lighting for corals , invertebrate etc.
__________________

__________________
Yenga80 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
light, reef, reef tank, tan

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Green Spotted Puffer Profile Terrance Freshwater & Brackish - Fish or Plant Profiles 2 12-31-2012 12:30 PM
thoughts on fish vs. tank size..? McLean Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 10 09-20-2011 02:11 PM
Algae Ruled Reef Tank kriben Saltwater Reef Aquaria 29 09-18-2011 11:58 AM
Saltwater Reef Tank Contaminated drbrown214 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 4 09-02-2011 06:16 PM
started my first saltwater tank - BioCube8 nano reef gheitman Nano Reefs 3 08-29-2011 08:41 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:59 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.