Originally Posted by reefrunner69
Because what I recommended is the appropriate size, without knowing how well they maintain their tanks, or if they are already having nuisance algae issues it would be irresponsible of me to recommend overkill.
I had great success with a 175w mh
over this tank and upgraded so I could ensure that the amount of light on my tank would not be a limiting factor.
I suppose it would also matter of type of coral being kept i agree the 175w is appropriate reccomended wattage for this size tank but i to didnt want light to be a limiting factor as mine is sps
dominant agree for most applications 175 should be sufficient but ive only used 250w on mine with good results i guess the only reason i reccomended 250 was to save on upgrading later if neccassary or desirable as fixtures are not cheap