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Old 10-17-2011, 11:35 PM   #21
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if you have a narrow tank, you can always use LEDs with a narrow lense that penatrate deeper
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:55 PM   #22
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If it is a hex tank I would maybe look into a single metal halide lamp at 250watt. A 27" deep tank is kind of hard to light. I am trying to wrap my head around the shape of the tank with that type of dimensions. For the best bang for your buck I would look into a metal halide.I would think a t5 fixture would be a little hard to fit onto such tank. I might be wrong, but could you post a pic of your tank to help out further. There really is so many options for lighting.
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Old 10-18-2011, 12:02 AM   #23
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Maybe this will give you a better idea of the shape - the back is 48" the front is 32" and the two sides connecting the front to the back are about 12" each.
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Ok that makes sense. That is a odd shaped tank. I would go with the metal halide due to the odd shape, depth of the tank and limited room. A single 250 watt metal halide will be plenty of light for you. Depending on the reflectors you might have the light dimm towards the back corners but I think this will be your best bet.
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Old 10-18-2011, 01:09 AM   #25
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what would such a setup cost?

...and does everyone agree with tomchong's assessment?
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Old 10-18-2011, 01:10 AM   #26
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my point was that he already has the pc's- they will certainly start a reef and allow the op to play around with some corals as he gets back into the hobby, then when/if he decides to upgrade his lights its too easy... everything is set he drops in a mh with t5 support and led night view... This way he can start his reef on the cheap and differ his cost over the next yr or so. I agree pc's are not anywhere near the best lights, but he has them and they do work.
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Old 10-18-2011, 05:00 PM   #28
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my point was that he already has the pc's- they will certainly start a reef and allow the op to play around with some corals as he gets back into the hobby, then when/if he decides to upgrade his lights its too easy... everything is set he drops in a mh with t5 support and led night view... This way he can start his reef on the cheap and differ his cost over the next yr or so. I agree pc's are not anywhere near the best lights, but he has them and they do work.
+1... there's really no need to upgrade the lighting when he already has the PC's... granted he wont have a ton of placement choices or coral choices, but it wouldn't be a wise idea for the op to go all out and buy a ton of high light corals when he's trying to ease back into it. Go with the current lights, get some easy beginner corals, once the tank stabilizes and you get a solid grasp on everything then upgrade the lighting and get more advanced corals
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Old 11-08-2011, 04:17 PM   #29
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Go with led lights just returned the nova t5 ho it sounded like a airplane in my living room !! If I had 2 live with that 10 hours a day tank would be gone !!! Went with the marineland reef ready led there do cheap I put 2 over my tank for a few dollars more and the lighting is much brighter than the nova and they are paper thin with no fan !! Very happy now
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