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Old 01-07-2008, 11:58 PM   #1
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Suggestions on Lighting for 30g Hex

Hello everyone Im am new to the wonderful word of Salt Water. I have had my tank, 30g Hex, for about 5 months now and I want to get some SPS coral but I am having problems with Lighting for this Tank anybody have any Suggestions. I currently dont have suffcient lighting. Any Suggestions are greatly Appreciated.
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Old 01-08-2008, 03:16 PM   #2
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That is a tough one to light because of the "non-standard" shape of the tank. What are the demensions of the tank? What kind of lighting do you have now?

My guess is you are going to have to get a retro kit and build a canopy to fit your tank. That could be a pretty cool project too!
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I`m thinkig retro kit also.
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Yah thats what I was as well. The top is 10" everyside and the depth is about 25". So do you all have any suggestions on a retro kit and what type of lights to use. I currently have a 12" Dual Satellite that has 1 18Watt SunPaq Dual Daylight and 1 18Watt Dual Actinic and a LED Lunar light. Its a Cool little light just not powerful enough. Thanks for the replys.
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How far is it across the top?
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Old 01-09-2008, 09:39 PM   #6
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How about a halide pendant? This one has lunar lighting as well.
http://www.marinedepot.com/ps_ViewIt...vendor%3D.html

I believe the Coralife clamp on fixture would work also.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...2&pcatid=13922
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Thanks again for Reply's Its about 20" across but as Im sure you know it angles in and drops about an 1" across every 1/2". But I suppose if the light hangs over the sides a bit that cant hurt right Lol. <<Sigh>>

I thought about a pendent light as well. I like that pendant from Marine Depot, and I could use that if I decide to upgrade (which I will be just dont know when) :p
Is there a certain distance that you need to hang the light from the tank?
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With Metal Halide I think the general rule is 12-16 inches. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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Old 01-25-2008, 12:51 PM   #9
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i have a 45 gal. hex and i have been fighting the same problem. marine depot.com i found, has a 20" strip light PC with a 96 watt bulb (part #ES53406) for 119.00 dollars.
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