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Old 09-13-2006, 05:12 PM   #1
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First post - Lighting Questions

Sorry for jumping in so quick with questions when I just joined the forums, but I'm kind of at a stand still here.

My experience is short and spans only a month and a half. I have a 24 gallon aquapod reef tank with the 70w HQI lighting at the office. My wife and I miss the tank so much when we leave the office, we decided to start a larger reef tank at home. I bought 120 gallon Oceanic Systems 120 gallon Tech tank, ASM G2 skimmer, 25w Gamma UV sterilizer, a custom sump, 2 Eheim 1260 pumps, and a Classic Mission Series All-Glass stand cherry in color. I'm still waiting on the stand. The only final decisions I need to make pertain to lighting.

My questions are as follows:
Nothing is set in stone here (except lights are T5) so if you could provide feedback including changes in bulb types, I would really appreciate it.

Currently, still in the box, I have 3 Current USA Nova Extreme T5 HO retro kits for a 48" x 24" x 24" tank. The reflectors that came with the kits are pretty wide and I can't fit more than 6 reflectors in the canopy. There is about a 4" space down the center that I plan to add metal halides later on. No glass top. Teh relectors i currently have are about 3.5" wide.

I will be keeping soft corals, LPS corals, mushrooms, polyps, crocea clam, and fish.

Each Nova Extreme retro kit comes with 1 - 54w 10,000k slimpaq, and 1 - 54w 460 nm actinic.

10,000k x 3
460 nm actinic x 3

What order would you install these in a canopy?

What would the sequence of operation, including timing, be?

Should I switch out some of the bulbs to something different?

I was also wondering if I should get smaller reflectors and add another retro kit?

Please help me with as little or as much as you can. I really need to try and make a decision so I can move forward.

Thank you in advance,


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Old 09-13-2006, 05:41 PM   #2
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What order would you install these in a canopy?

What would the sequence of operation, including timing, be?

These are the only 2 I think I know. I would install the bulbs everyother so to distribute the light. I believe many people set the acintics to come on 1 hour before and shut off 1 hour after the daylight bulbs.

I am not sure about switching bulbs. I think it is a lot to do with color prefrence like some showing more purple than blue and vice versa.
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Old 09-13-2006, 07:40 PM   #3
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It is my understanding that crocea clams require metal halide lights.

Maybe someone else could chime in on this.
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