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Old 06-29-2007, 02:23 AM   #1
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My tank is 60x18x24 bowfront. (100 gallon)I purchased 4x96 watt Sunpaq retrofit PC lights. Will this be enough light for my reef tank, or should I get some more lights? Comes in at 3.84 WPG

I have heard that WPG is not a good measurement.

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I think where WPG doesn't work too well is for really small tanks, or really big tanks. Or tanks that are not "standard" sizes.

Your lighting though should be good enough for some low to moderate light corals. You should be able to do zoanthids, mushrooms and leathers, and many LPS corals that don't require a bunch of light. If you'd planned on doing SPS corals, like acroporas and the like, then you'll need stronger lighting along the lines of metal halide.
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What are your plans for your tank as far as corals? What type corals do plan on having? Here is a database that has the different types of corals for you to look at and decide. But if you tell us your plans then we can help with your lighting.
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Im undecided on my corals for now. I have much more reading to do first. I just want a variety of vibrant colors, and textures. I will be starting with easier corals first and work my way up to more difficult ones. I also would like some anemonies. My understanding is that I should have a well established tank (at least one year)? before getting into these.

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I also would like some anemonies. My understanding is that I should have a well established tank (at least one year)? before getting into these.

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A well established tank is needed. One yr should be OK. With the easier corals to start with your lighting will be OK. But IMO you`ll need more lighting for the anenome and SPS corals.
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Will more PC do for lighting? I dont want to lose the clean look of having my canopy.

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It will work if you are going for the lower light corals as mentioned before. I wouldn't suggest adding any SPS corals to the tank as they will require much more intense lighting. I have a 72g bow front tank with 570w of lighting on it. I started out with a similar fixture as what you have and just wasn't happy with the look of the tank or the limitation on what kinds of corals I could house.
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Ziggy,

Did you loose your canopy altogether? I really like the look of the MH better as well. How many watts should I get? I can probabally return the lights I currently have. I hate to loose the canopy though. Do you have a pic of the top of your tank?

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I`m not Ziggy but I dont have a canopy on my tank. It stays around 77-78 all yr long without the canopy. Here are some pics of the top of mine. I run VHO`s.
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