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Old 12-23-2010, 11:36 AM   #1
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SW Tank lighting recommendations?

I think I'm getting close to doing a 90g in wall tank. Dunno if any of you remember my basement finish work done recently. Got a closet and stand already framed. Overhead, have the framing for a 36x15" cabinet face to get to the front of the tank and service. Everything totally accessible from the rear. Just gotta cut the hole in the drywall for the tank and cabinet face.

My last tank was a 155g, with 3x150mh and 4x96 actinic. Never did any sps and won't this time either. I'm wanting to take a chance on small angel(s) and some lower light corals this time around.

Need some lighing recommendations.
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Lower and moderate light corals is what I have. VHO`s do a pretty good job with mine and dont put off alot of heat.
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What's a reasonable budget? Brand?
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Mine are retro fits. Not very expensive at all.
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Something like this? IceCap VHO Retrofit Kits

with a reflector?
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When I had my 120 running I used a 6x54 watt tec light that I got from a frag swap for $100.00.
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That`s pretty close Ray
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i would also recommend a T-5 HO retro or fixture over T12 VHO, for 2 reasons:
1. the electric savings
2. the different color bulbs that are available.

6 individually reflected lamps over a 90 would be fine for most corals, and you could tweak the lighting until it's the perfect color for you.
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