Metal Halide 2 or 3 400 watts on a 6' 180 gal
? Or 3 250 watt lamps?
Last fall I answered a add for a reef tank and was just thinking about buying the lighting. The add stated 2 250 MH
mogul base and 3 VHO
T12 Actinic. After a few moments on the phone I found out the whole system was $300.00. When I arrived it turned out that MH
lights were 400 watts way too much for my 55 gal
. So as I get ready to pull my 180 gal
fresh water from the wall to install my 180 reef I'm thinking about the lighting. Would 3 250 watt lamps be better or would 2 400 watt be ok? I will scrap the VHO
for 4 65 watt Actinic PCs.
As Metal Halide lighting is new to me and the tank will be under a stair case. What would be the best distance from lamp to water for a 24" deep tank? Has anyone used E-Bay to buy lamps with any luck?
Thanks in advance.