I'm setting up a simple 20g reef tank - for right now it's just going to focus on what grows on my LR
, some clean-up crew, macro-algae, and maybe a couple peppermint shrimp. No skimmer, but lots of powerhead flow. I'll probably want to try some easy corals down the line, probably Discosoma or maybe Ricordea. Some fan worms might be cool too.
So, first I thought NO
lighting is cheaper and may be more conducive to growing coralline algae, sponges, etc on the LR
. I'd still probably want at least 60W (3 24" bulbs), but looking at price of actinic bulbs, that's going to run me near $60 plus a hood (they're more expensive that PC
However, hellolights has a cool 24" PC
hood with 130W for only $130, bulbs included.
And it has the lunar lights! I could (I think) put the 10K light on very short "on" period (or just keep it off) to promote LR
growth for now, but then I'd have plenty of light potential (6.5x) if I need it. It looks nicer than some NO
hood I'd probably DIY
. Plus, people say PC
light is a lot better than NO
light for coral, independent of the greater wattage (not sure why).
Well, I guess I've already argued myself to get the PC
hood, but any advice would be helpful. Has anyone used the corallife PC
SeaClear System II wet/dry filter
4 Harlequin Rasbora
3 Clown Loach
2 Pearl Gourami (m/f)
2 Siamese Algae Eaters
Physa and Malaysian Trumpet snails