DO not use the the "watts/gal
" "rule" when designing a lighting system for your tank. At best, it is a VERY loose guideline. Different types of lighting (CF
, T5, VHO
) have their benefits for different types of photosynthetic coarls. SOme corals require less intense light wihile some require more intense light.
IN GENERAL...If you wish to keep softies, LPS
corals and polyps, CF
will be just fine. If most clams, anemones or SPS
corals are on you wish list then MH
may be a better option. There are exceptions to this, but they are few. In short...decided what animals you want to keep now and in the futture and build your lighting system around that. Reef lighting is the one of the most expensive components in putting together a tank...you only want to do it once.