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Old 10-12-2006, 05:54 PM   #1
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Need help with Lighting Question/Suggestions

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I am in the process of setting up a 65 gallon (dimensions: 36x18x24) reef aquarium. I purchased the Outer Orbit 36" HQI/CF lighting system. The problem with this light is that when it is mounted over my tank the metal halide bulb will be directly over the center brace of the tank. I assume that this is problematic and will interfere with light reaching my tanks inhabitants. Is my assumption correct? If so I guess I will return the light.
If I return the light for something different, can anyone suggest a good lighting system that will not limit the type of corals I will be able to keep? I was considering the SunPod 36" that has 2 150 watt metal halide bulbs. But with only 4.6 watts per gallon i feel I may be limited in what I can keep. TIA for your help.

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Old 10-12-2006, 06:06 PM   #2
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Do not melt the center brace with that light!
Two 150 watt will probably be sufficient.
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I didn't even consider that it could melt and warp the plastic brace! The light is still in the box in my basement, thankfully.
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Not only will it melt but the brace but will cast a shadow down on your corals. You`ll need to get the 2 - 150 watt.
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Thanks for the advice. I will send the light back and get the SunPod.
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