Originally Posted by Rocket2001
If I'm going to have heathly liverock is this enough? And what is the preffered lighting type.
Sorry to answer it this way but without knowing the lights you will be using it's difficult to be acurate. With just fluorecent style lighting (PC
or T5HO) that would actually be a bit high. With MH
, it might not be high enough depending on bulb intensity chosen (175w, 250w or 400w) and amount of bulbs.
The light you choose is also dependant on the types of corals you will wish to keep. As a general rule HO
fluorescents in the right intensity will support most soft, LPS
and a few select species of SPS
If wanting a wide variety of SPS
and clams, MH
would be the minimum required. If it was for let's say the 90 gal
, you would need 2x250w MH
with optional actinic supplimentation. That would require a minimum 8" height from the water line to the bulbs.
Also keep in mind that you will need "wiggle room" for yourself to work within each tank. If you need to remove a light strip/hood each time, it will become quite the PITA.