Try not think in terms of "watts/gal
". It is a poor tool for calculating the lighting needs for an aquarium. Instead, first put together a wish list of corals you intend to get now and in the future. Take into consideration tank size (depth) and build your system around that. In general, a tank with softies and LPS
corals require less intense and wattage of lighting. CF
or T5 are great options. If certain species of anemones, clams or SPS
corals are in your futute, then look at more intense lighting like MH
. ONce the type of light is determined, you can narrow down the specific wattage.