Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 01-30-2005, 09:58 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Long Island, New York
Posts: 164
Lighting questions for my new 450g marine tank

Hi all,

I am cycling my new 450g marine tank with 380 lbs of LR and 200 lbs of aragonite on the floor. My current lights are garbage so I will be starting from scratch with lighting. I may find myself looking to add corals eventually but for now it will be FOWLR. 450g is alot of volume so I think that PC will not be a good route to go. What does everyone think? I also have to contend with the fact that the top of the tank is made of 3/4" of acrylic. I am not sure how much the acrylic will cut down on the total light that make it into the tank. There are 2 large oval cutouts that have matching oval acrylic covers.

If I go with MH does anyone have any suggestions? I would like to add a fes fixtures now and add more later if needed. DO they make fixtures that stand on the top of the tank? I ahve a drop ceiling above the tank so I do not know if I want to hang them. How far do MH lights need to be form the acrylic without cause for concern?

I will post a few pics of the top of the tank before I added H2O.

Any thoughts or opinions are very welcomed.....

Thanks,
Pete R.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	103_0371_1.jpg
Views:	65
Size:	58.4 KB
ID:	493   Click image for larger version

Name:	103_0369_1.jpg
Views:	62
Size:	88.5 KB
ID:	494  

Click image for larger version

Name:	103_0368_1.jpg
Views:	55
Size:	57.0 KB
ID:	495  
__________________

__________________
450g Acrylic FOWLR
380 lbs. of Live Rock
1 Yellow Tang, 1 Mono, 1 Blue Angel, 1 Foxface Lo, 1 Lunare Wrasse, 1 Snowflake Eel

1x Dolphin AS2100
1x Dolphin AM4700
72" Aqualight Pro: 4x96 Actinic, 3x150 HQI Halides, 4x1 moonlights
AquaC EV-1000 Protein Skimmer run by Dolphin AS2100
AquaUV 114 watt UV Sterilizer
2x Jager 250w
...Work in progess.....
peterac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2005, 11:34 PM   #2
member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: WI
Posts: 1,783
What are the tank dimensions? THis would help alot in determining the correct MH wattage and amount of bulbs needed.
__________________

__________________
captivereefs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2005, 11:44 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Salttanker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Prosper, TX.
Posts: 1,297
If you're thinking coral later, I would consider some MH for it. This way you won't have to change it up later. 4 400w MH would be a nice touch.

Mike
__________________
Salttanker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2005, 11:49 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Long Island, New York
Posts: 164
Yes, sorry, I forgot to mention dimensions. The tank is 8 feet long by 30" deep (front to back) by 36" high.
__________________
450g Acrylic FOWLR
380 lbs. of Live Rock
1 Yellow Tang, 1 Mono, 1 Blue Angel, 1 Foxface Lo, 1 Lunare Wrasse, 1 Snowflake Eel

1x Dolphin AS2100
1x Dolphin AM4700
72" Aqualight Pro: 4x96 Actinic, 3x150 HQI Halides, 4x1 moonlights
AquaC EV-1000 Protein Skimmer run by Dolphin AS2100
AquaUV 114 watt UV Sterilizer
2x Jager 250w
...Work in progess.....
peterac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2005, 12:37 AM   #5
member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: WI
Posts: 1,783
You will need (4) MH bulbs since each one is good for 2 sq feet. Being 36" tall i would go with either 250 or 400 watts. The 400 watters will do a better job getting down deep into the tank and are alomost required if you want SPS or clams. Take alook at the coralvue retro kits. They are affordable and would do a great job lighting your tank.
__________________
captivereefs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2005, 09:16 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Long Island, New York
Posts: 164
Darin,

Can I get a MH fixture that will support a 400 watt bulbs but only use a 250 for now. My point is that I do not want too much light yet but also I do not want to have to spend money now and find myself replacing them.

Thanks,
Pete R.
__________________
450g Acrylic FOWLR
380 lbs. of Live Rock
1 Yellow Tang, 1 Mono, 1 Blue Angel, 1 Foxface Lo, 1 Lunare Wrasse, 1 Snowflake Eel

1x Dolphin AS2100
1x Dolphin AM4700
72" Aqualight Pro: 4x96 Actinic, 3x150 HQI Halides, 4x1 moonlights
AquaC EV-1000 Protein Skimmer run by Dolphin AS2100
AquaUV 114 watt UV Sterilizer
2x Jager 250w
...Work in progess.....
peterac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2005, 10:46 AM   #7
member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: WI
Posts: 1,783
All MH fixtures can run any bulb. The only deciding factor is the ballast. David at coalvue did tell me you can run lower wattage bulbs on his ballasts because they are self reguulating. I do have a local customer running a coralvue 175 watt bulb on a coralvue 250 watt ballst so think it is do able. I will check with coralvue about the 400's ability to do this.
__________________
captivereefs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2005, 01:10 PM   #8
member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: WI
Posts: 1,783
According to Coralvue you can run a 250 bulb on there 400 ballast but bulb life may be shortened.
__________________
captivereefs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2005, 07:33 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Long Island, New York
Posts: 164
Darin,

Do you know if there are any places on these ballasts that I can connect 2 thin wires to so that I can suspend them. I want to be able to quickly disconnect them when I am doing maintenance. Since I will have the wires coming through my ceiling tile on my drop ceiling I won't be able to rig up a pully system to raise them so I want to be able to disconnect them and put them off to the side.

Thanks for the info in your previous post.

Pete R.
__________________

__________________
450g Acrylic FOWLR
380 lbs. of Live Rock
1 Yellow Tang, 1 Mono, 1 Blue Angel, 1 Foxface Lo, 1 Lunare Wrasse, 1 Snowflake Eel

1x Dolphin AS2100
1x Dolphin AM4700
72" Aqualight Pro: 4x96 Actinic, 3x150 HQI Halides, 4x1 moonlights
AquaC EV-1000 Protein Skimmer run by Dolphin AS2100
AquaUV 114 watt UV Sterilizer
2x Jager 250w
...Work in progess.....
peterac is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
light, lighting, marine, tan

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
TEK Marine Lighting Questions - Bulb Choices bbecher General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 5 09-01-2009 02:08 PM
1st Marine tank: 55g reef. Couple questions... with pics Greyhaven7 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 1 09-19-2005 08:48 PM
my 1st Marine Tank - big move, pics! questions too Stuquarium Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 8 08-09-2005 07:11 PM
Some pics of my new 450g marine tank peterac Members Saltwater Tanks Showcase 38 02-03-2005 06:47 PM
Lighting my Marine Tank mitch69 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 5 06-23-2004 09:52 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:35 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.