Yet Another Noobie Lighting Question.
2 55gal sumps
AquaC EV180 skimmer
3 250W MH
w/ 2 165W VHOs (still picking bulbs out for the MHs)
Wife told me that I should buy things 1 time and NOT
to keep upgrading. So I got that going for me.
a few easier SPS
, mainly LPS
, nothing too difficult.
I told my wife that I had everything pretty much picked out in the way of hardware, but if she wanted to choose something to put in the tank that she could. After all its our tank. Welp, not sure how she did it but the VERY first site she went to was eastcoastclams.com
So guess what she wants now.
Doing some research I found out that most suppliers use 400W MH
system for optimal growth of SPS
According to Hamilton Tech
and a few other places 3x 250W MH
is plenty to light my tank.
For tank height 18" to 36" use MH 175W / 24" to 36" use MH 250W / 24" to 60" use MH 400W), 2 - 70" Super Actinic Blue 165W VHO Fluorescent Bulbs
BUT with what she wants to put in(clams and SPS
) all I see is 400W systems as to what they are growing/keeping these in.
My problem is at 3 x 400W MH
(with the same VHO
setup as above), am I at the point where I start "burning" corals/LR
if I put this in? or just a few inches close to the top? Tank remember is 22" tall - (6" DSB
) + (8" hood)
What do you all think? go 400W or am I going to be ok with 250W getting clams/SPS
if 400Ws is ok, my tank will be in the basement closer to the furnace, does anyone have a personal preference on a chiller they use?
Sorry thought I had all my inital questions covered. Wife just threw my for a loop