thanks for the info. everyone...
I've been thinking more about this while I cycle my live rock and get the tank cleaned up....
$300 for bulbs every 9 mos. seems a bit extreme for me since this is my first salt water tank.
I'm thinking of doing live rock only now and not using the MH
lights at all. I'm worried about algae since I'm new to this as well. I was thinking instead to use only the two 72" VHO
's. If I do this, what would you all recommend for the VHO
bulbs for a live rock and fish tank? I'm assuming that a live rock fish tank doesn't need any lights, except for show.. is that right?
Can I still do some coral with this lighting (that should be 320 Watt for a 125 gal
. tank)? if so, which corals. I could much more easily justify changing out $80 of lights each year and getting lower light corals.