Yes, especially if you go with pendants. I'd be really tempted to go with two bulbs over a 36" tank though. IMO
, you'll be fine with a 2x96w PC
system though. 12" is pretty shallow and the PC
's should penetrate that depth quite well. What kind of corals do you intend to keep? That is what will really determine the lighting you need. If you are going to want lots of SPS
in this tank, then I'd say go with the halides. Otherwise, the PC
's should do the trick.