11-12-2008, 09:22 PM
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Originally Posted by iamntbatman
Cool, but the only "advantage" I really see to doing that (other than the fact that it just looks plain cool) is that you could use just the one light fixture. The problem is that optimum lighting for plants is in the 6700K range, while for corals you'd need actinics and whatnot. So, I don't think it would be ideal to have one fixture over both sides. If you used a 55g, I would want 24" lights over each half. That is, unless you were willing to make sacrifices, like not have any corals in the SW side or no live plants in the FW side. It would be kind of cool to do it on a bigger scale and have side-by-side fresh and salt predator tanks, though. That way, lighting wouldn't even really be an issue.
I think it would be ideal to do two MH setups and hang them in a canopy (Reef can have 10-20k, planted with 67k). More "safe" than two seperate 24" fixtures IMO, and you don't have to sacrifice your wattage.