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Old 08-04-2009, 11:01 PM   #1
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How much light is needed?

Hi all,

I purchased a used 300 gallon (96 lg x 24 w x 30 h) and am in the middle of puchasing equipment for it to be setup as a FOWLR tank.

My question is how much light and what kind do I need........and how much is too much light?

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Old 08-04-2009, 11:32 PM   #2
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FO or FOWLR you could get by with pretty much anyhting you want. I would suggest Power Compacts or T5HO just because I think they look better than Florescent. In a tank that big if you ever wanted to do a reef you would need Metal Halides. So if you plan on ever going to reef I would buy the metal halides now to save the upgrade cost, if not you'll be fine with one of the first two.
Too much light...I dont know if that cn be done reasonably. As far as I know the more the better, but I could be wrong. Unless you line up MH's side beside along the entire length and width of the tank.
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You should be able to get by with a standard, single tube strip light. It's reef where you will need the lights, not fowlr. Welcome to AA!
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Old 08-05-2009, 10:16 AM   #4
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If I do decide to go with a reef tank in the future......how would this light do?

http://cgi.ebay.com/96-Aquarium-Ligh...d=p3286.c0.m14
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yes, that light would work quite well, especially if you were wanting simplicity of installation.

you could get adequate reef lighting for less imo if you DIY, but it would be bigger and bulkier, and not look as nice.

However, that's a lot of money to spend on a great light strip just to be wasted for months or years on a fowlr. You'd get 10000 hours probably out of the bulbs, but soon after you start converting to a reef, you'll likely need to replace the bulbs as they dim and change kelvin rating over time.
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That fixture looks like an odyssea to me (correct me if I'm wrong). Stay away from those as there aren't many people that have had good experiences with them. With those fixtures, "you get what you pay for".
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If I'm going to stay with the FOWLR tank, can someone please send me a link to some good lights to buy. Remember this thing is 96" long....it seems hard to find fixtures that are that long. I don't want to DIY......

Thanks for all the help!
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With fowlr, you can use any light you want. Two of the 48" strips like these: Fluorescent Aquarium Lighting: Perfecto Fluorescent Single Strip Lights will work.
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the two 48"s will be easier to find replacement parts for too
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Will (2) of those 48" lights be enough? What is the best bulb for this....just what comes with it? What about adding black lights for night viewing.....what do you recommend for that?
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