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Old 01-25-2006, 04:25 PM   #11
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Why only 36”. Is it a 70 gal tall with dimensions 36”L x 18”W x 25”H?

If it is that high I would use the MH over T5 personally. If it’s only 20”H then the PC or T5 with low to moderate light corals would be fine.
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Old 01-25-2006, 04:26 PM   #12
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36 x 18 x 24
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Old 01-25-2006, 04:35 PM   #13
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With a tank that deep you will need MH for penetration if you plan on keeping higher light corals/inverts like Acropora & certain Leather or tree corals & Anemones to name a few. There are still a ton of corals that would do fine with PC or T5 only but you just have to research each one carefully to make sure you have the requirements to meet their needs.
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Old 01-25-2006, 05:41 PM   #14
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Well its more a cost issue than anything. (which always sucks lol) Some one told me that i should have 4watts per gallon of water is that true???????
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Old 01-25-2006, 05:49 PM   #15
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Watts per gal is just a general rule but the height of the tank has to be considered as well. Generally 3-5w per gal would allow for most low to moderate light corals while 6-9w per gal is recommended for high light corals. If you don’t have enough light for your photosynthetic corals then they will grow slowly or die.
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Thats alot of juice lol I honestly dont know what im going to do now
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Well with the 156watt Nova system Will i be good for Fish only and later on worry about corals?
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well, for fish only, you can get much cheaper lighting than that.
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Well im caught between a rock and a hard place lol. Will the nova system work for some easy corals that dont need ALOT of light?????
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There are some low light corals that would work like shrooms & Tree Corals . You just have to make sure that they are OK for low light. Hara's site has a list of low light corals that should help you decide

Edit: Another good article on low light corals.
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