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Old 08-17-2006, 02:29 PM   #1
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LIGHTING QUESTIONS

I'm starting on a 29gal tank, and plan on having inverts in there

sometimes in the future. What's the best lighting recomendations for a

29 gal tank. Thanks
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Are you wanting medium or high light corals? (bold are links)
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Do you mean inverts as in shrimp/crabs/snails....or inverts like corals? If it is the first, those aren't too picky about light. Keep in mind, if you have canopy lid, that could cause a low pH, due to the lack of gas exchange. If it's going to be corals, I'll let the reefers help you.
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Low light corals - 4WPG PC/CF
High light corals -T5 or MH
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sorry about not being clear earlier. What i meant was corals.

So T5 should be good enough lighting for the corals huh?
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Is your tank the standard size for 29 (30 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 18 ¾)? Also you still haven’t said if you want medium or high light corals?

Without knowing that it’s hard to recommend the right kind of lighting.

If wanting low/medium light corals something like the 130W Coralife Aqualight or Current USA 30" Orbit would be a good choice.

If wanting high light corals then something like the Current USA 30" 150w or a
175W metal halide pendant would be good options.

I like the looks of HO T5 bulbs also but I haven’t found then in 30” lengths. There are 36” long hoods out there though.
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yeah i seen them in 24" and 36". You think a 24 would work well, if its

put on a piece of acrylic glass that goes across the tank?
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The only two 24” hoods that I know of are the 24" Nova Extreme 4 x 24W and the Sunlight Tek Light T5 Hood - 24" x 4 bulb

There are retrofit kits also but most I’ve seen are 4 x 24w bulbs which give you 96W total or on the low end for medium light corals.

Since they but run $150+ I’d go with the PC lighting personally which is cheaper and 130W. (2 X 65W)

If your tank was 36” or 48” long you would have a lot more options but your kind of limited at 30”.
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hey, what do you think about this for a 30" tank?


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