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Old 03-16-2005, 02:16 AM   #1
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300Watts

I was planning to buy a retro kit for my tank and was wondering if 300 watts in a 30gal is too much?
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Heck no it isnt too much. I regularly stare at the sun for hours on end.
Doesnt that seem like a lot of money to spend?
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You will want about 4 watts per gallon (30g * 4 = 120watts). So basically the 300w would be total overkill.
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You will want about 4 watts per gallon
? I thought that you wanted closer to 6-8+ wpg to keep some of the stronger light animals?

Flsprophet2 What is it you want to keep with your new upgraded light? I've always heard that you can't have too much light, though I'm sure that's not exactly true
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Old 03-17-2005, 11:53 AM   #5
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It will not be overkill at all if you want to keep hard corals, clams etc...

6+ watts a gallone is what you want to shoot for. 6 being the low side and + being as much light as possible!! :P
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Old 03-17-2005, 01:09 PM   #6
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I am planning on getting some hard corals and definitley plan on getting a clam. That's why i was looking into the 300 Watt system. That would give me 10 wpg. That would be enough to pretty much put whatever corals I want wouldn't it? Now would there be any corals where that amount of light would kill them?
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FISH:
Yellow Watchman Goby, Scooter Blenny, Strawberry Basslet, 6 Line Wrasse, Mandarin Dragonet
INVERTS:
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Old 03-17-2005, 02:02 PM   #7
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Lower light corals would need to be at the bottom, and possibly shaded a bit. Shrooms are going to hate you!! Worth it to me though....

PS. You could keep whatever you want in there my friend!
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Old 03-17-2005, 05:00 PM   #8
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thanks everyone for your input I will be getting my upgrade hopefully sometime next week.
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Water Temp 78.1F
65W Dual Compact Fluorescent
65W Dual Compact Fluorescent Actinic
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50# Fiji Live Rock
30# Argonite Sand
FISH:
Yellow Watchman Goby, Scooter Blenny, Strawberry Basslet, 6 Line Wrasse, Mandarin Dragonet
INVERTS:
Cortez Crabs, Scarlet Hermit Crabs, Blue Legged Hermit Crabs, Black Turbo Snails, Cerith Snails, Bumble Bee Snails, Astera Snails, 3 Pepermint Shrimp, Feather Duster, Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp, Clam
CORALS:
Frogspawn, Mushrooms, Zoos, Polyps, Galaxea,
Starburst, Xenia

REFUGIUM:
10 Gallon Tank
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