Geez, I'm looking for reef lighting for my new 100 gal
. I'm just flat overwhelmed by the choices and price range out there. From what I've read here I need about 4 to 5 watts per gallon for reef and could get by with about half that for a FOWLR
setup. Is my thinking correct here?
My main tank is 60" long and 18" wide. I'd need a 60" fixture (preferably duals) or two 30"s or some **** combination. I can't decide on what. Mounting is not an issue. They don't have to fit the tank exactly. I can suspend them from the ceiling or fabricate some type of stainless steel bracket. (Hey, I'm an engineer who works in a steel fabrication shop). The Orbit fixtures look very nice but pricey, I do like the way the legs stand them off from them tank.
Some manufacturers claim dramatic bulb longevity and lower overall ownership costs. Some of it sounds like marketing BS.
It looks like I could get by for about $250 or spend $1000 or more. Maybe I could go with a FOWLR
and buy LR
with the difference and then add additional reef lights in a year or so when the tank is stable. Could someone give me a baseline idea on how to light such a tank?