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post #1 of 3 Old 02-01-2008, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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question about lightening for a 150 gallon sw tank

I need someone advice on lightening for my sw tank.i need a 72 inch lightening for my 150 gallon sw tank,im going to have live rock and alot of soft coral in it,i really need someones advice on what is the best lightening for that size tank,and where is the best web site to go for the best deals to get one,i would really appreciate it very much, thank you[/b]
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post #2 of 3 Old 02-01-2008, 02:08 PM
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The best type of lighting to get is something that has a combination of atinics and metal halides. The latest craze is T5's, and that may be the way you want to go. the biggest mistake people make is that they get a lighting system that meets their needs for today, or for a specific setup. Then 6 months later they decide they want a reef tank, or a hard coral tank, and the lights are just not powerful enough keep the harder types of corals.

As far as best places to purchase lights, I bought mine at and was very satisfied. I waited for a free shipping cost deal, and placed my order. Another good idea is to look at a LFS tanks that you like, and see what they are using.

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post #3 of 3 Old 02-01-2008, 02:57 PM
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i have T5's on my predatory reef,100% satisfied with them,relatively cheap to buy and operate,plus they have a wide range of spectrum's to get the color that your looking for

if your lookin to go full out reef go with halides,you will need a few T5's to get your wattage up on a 150,where as you could pick up a 400W halide and some actinic T5's or PC's to get a nicer colour because halide's burn bright white,and if you get some anemone's that have transperent cells(can't remember what there called right now,lol) thay will literally glow under actinic s so you can get the best color out of them

a HO 4' T5 bulb is 54W,and i think the VHO's are 64W,for most corals and anemone's you want around 3 watts per gallon,so to get that on a 150 thats 450W,thats alot of T5's,so it may just be cheaper to pick up a halide and a couple actinics

and if thats a little confusing i apologize because i just woke up,
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