05-05-2010, 08:41 PM
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As far as lighting you should have at least 4 watts per gallon. I use 2x 65 watt 50/50 Power compact lighting on my 29 gallon reef. A good, inexpensive lighting option would be Power Compact. Aquatraders.com has some super deals but, some people don't really like them and think that they are cheap. If you ask me, why pay more for a name. Aquatraders.com has stepped up their game and I think it would be a good buy. As far as beginner coral zoanthids mushrooms and leathers would be a great place to start. I also have LPS and SPS coral in my tank. You just have to place the SPS at the very top of your reef structure closest to the light and LPS about halfway up or at the top when using 4 watts per gallon of PC lighting.