1. Nope, it's a 20 tall. And I'm rigging/building the housing for the lighting myself, probably a foot or so off the water minimum. I've been doing tanks for a while now, I don't really have a problem with the constant maintenance.:P
/zoos would be going in shaded areas of the tank, and in very small amounts, as I know that it's best to keep SPS
mainly with just SPS
. I wouldn't even be adding LPS
, because well, that's not the focus of this given tank that I would like to set up. I have no qualms with trimming, clipping, removing excess mush/zoo if they did impede on SPS
growth. I have a 75gal mixed LPS
/softie tank that trimmings could go into.
3. I was/still sort of am definitely considering T5 lighting, but on my 75 I have MH
bulbs and it's just so difficult to go back to flat lighting. I know that there isn't any proven advantage to the shimmer, but it's just so beautiful
I've heard a lot of good about said lighting though. I still have to compare prices.
4. As far as getting a 150 instead of a 175w, I was pretty sure that 175 is the smallest mogul-based metal halide bulb, which is much easier to get the cheap parts for than a double-ended. Unless you guys know maybe a place where I can get said parts
Thanks for the imput!