Is this okay to put on my tank.....

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Oct 14, 2004
I've got a 20H. I am really considering getting this light setup....

I have 1 65w coralife PC and a 15W actinic flourecent so it would be a BIG upgrade..... would it be to much or just enough

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I have a coralife setup but not with the metal halide lighting. I was able to connect the 10000k, blue actinic, and moon-glow on seperate timers so my lighting is all automatic. I ended up measuring my space inside the hood so I was sure it fit. With just those two types of bulbs it still puts off alot of heat.
If you are planning on turning it into a reef, that would be a great light.
It's not too much at all because you got a 20H tank and the light has to penetrate deeper.

I'm running 150W de(hqi) +32W act03 on my 14g which is only 12" high. My maxima's are on the sand and showing new shell growth, sps are getting bigger, and my BTA's are right under the MH.

Getting the MH lights will open up a lot of your choices in the live stock you can get.
thanks guys!!!

If I do get that setup am I going to need a chiller or will putting it on legs fix the heat problem?
put it on the legs and you should be all set. i have a similar feature over my 10g and i have no problem with the heat. it also has a built in fan to keep the hot air from remaining stagnant over the tank.

youll be so happy you upgraded :)
Before you invest in an expensive chiller I would try using a fan first. have the fan blow over the water surface to cool the tank. this will cause evaporation at a faster rate so keep up on the fresh water top-off.

The average distance from bulb to water surface is around 8". It said that if the MH is too close to the corals it can causes bleaching and burns.

Have you thought about what kelvin temp bulb you are going to get? That will have an impact on coral growth and color.
Thats a DE MH bulb, you need some form of tempered UV glass or UV inhibiting acrylic. Otherwise, lil Nemo (And corals) get cancer, film at 11.

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