Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 07-30-2003, 01:42 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Posts: 1
MH lighting for an odd sized tank

After a 10 year hiatus (goodbye, wet-dry), I'm contemplating returning to the hobby by purchasing an Oceanic 54 gallon bowfront aquarium to fit nicely in a corner in my living room. Think of its footprint as 1/4 of a circle that is 27.5 inches in radius. The height is 23 inches. This tank would contain both fish and corals.

I'm thinking ahead about lighting, and plan to go the metal halide route. A rule of thumb that I've seen is that a single MH bulb will illuminate a circle 2 feet in diameter. This is slightly smaller than the size of my proposed tank.

My question: Do you see any potential challenges at lighting such a tank with a single MH bulb? What wattage would you recommend? What about supplementation with actinic bulbs?

Finally - thanks for a fantastic site. I also frequent other online forums (photography), and none is as civil as this one!


danpmiller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2003, 08:42 AM   #2
AA Team Emeritus
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Virginia
Posts: 2,256
Send a message via ICQ to fishfreek Send a message via AIM to fishfreek Send a message via MSN to fishfreek Send a message via Yahoo to fishfreek
How bout this.

What kind of corals are you looking at?

I would suggest a 250W MH bulb in the center of the tank. I would then get some PC actinics. Maybe 2 or 3 55W bulbs and put them along the sides and front for the blue light.

I know someone who uses 20K MH bulbs with no actinic supplment and then others use 10K MH bulbs with actnic supplment.

Thanks for the complment. We strive very much to make sure this site maintains its civility. (IS that even a word?)
Remember dont tap the glass, your fish will think you're an idiot -Anonymous mother

Check out our articles area. 30+ Aquatic articles for your enjoyment
Are you in or around the Shenandoah Valley area? If so click here to join our regional forum.
fishfreek is offline   Reply With Quote

light, lighting, tan

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pinhead sized organisms on tank glass... Magnus Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 7 10-31-2008 11:05 PM
Help! Odd size tank needs odd size hood NewFishFella General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 6 08-31-2006 10:24 AM
A good sized, colorful fish for tank..suggestions courtneyclv Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 18 08-25-2006 12:42 PM
Odd Question, Odd idea fish_4_all Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 7 03-15-2006 10:31 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:01 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.