Originally Posted by Littleman
Cool I will get some live rock tomorrow as for supplies what would I need, i know I need to focus on lighting for a tank my size what would I need I want anemone so maybe t5 yeah
The T5 lamps are good but I would strongly recommend LEDs. For a couple of different reason. 1st reason: The efficiency! The T5 bulbs will have to be changed every 6 months and they are drawing 54watts per bulb! With the size of your tank the T5 6 or 8 bulb fixture with a 250 watt MHL you are looking at drawing a lot of energy and repurchase of expensive bulbs. Reason 2: the heat that is emitted from those lights over your tank will more than likely force you to purchase a tank chiller. Keep an eye on your water temps.
On the other hand, LEDs have a higher upfront cost, but most of the LED
bulbs have a 50-100,000 hour lifespan. The heat is minimal in comparison and the penetration of light is great all of the way to the bottom of the tank. So you will be able to position corals more freely. When you are researching LEDs I suggest going with 3 Watt LED
bulbs and 60 to 90 degree spreads. The Maxstar LEDs are really nice, but the price is high. There are many different manufacturers out there that will deliver a good product, but stay away from the 1 watt LED
fixtures. They are not worth your time and they are not strong enough to bring the colors out of your corals. One more thing, the LEDs have a great controller out there called an APEX. The controller will allow you to do many exciting things with your tank and it'll keep track of your temps/pH/and other attributes about your tank and send the info to your smartphone. The controller also allow a "sun up to sundown" feature, a lightning storm feature and many other great features that you will enjoy. hope this helps.