Correct lighting?

Bayls

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Hi
I'm into the final straight now - lighting!
My tank is 180 x 75 x 75, water depth 62cm
It's going to be a reef tank with mostly soft corals and fish

At the moment I am thinking of
6 T5 80W (58 inch)
2 140W VHO Actinics
All with reflectors

I have 3 digital timers with battery vbackup, so I can let the lights come on/off at different times.

Will this be sufficient for what I want to do? I don't want to make an expensive mistake at this stage, as so far I have only bought some bio rock that I decided I didn't need. Thats the only wastage so far on spend of R20k+ !



 

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Hi
I'm into the final straight now - lighting!
My tank is 180 x 75 x 75, water depth 62cm
It's going to be a reef tank with mostly soft corals and fish

At the moment I am thinking of
6 T5 80W (58 inch)
2 140W VHO Actinics
All with reflectors

I have 3 digital timers with battery vbackup, so I can let the lights come on/off at different times.

Will this be sufficient for what I want to do? I don't want to make an expensive mistake at this stage, as so far I have only bought some bio rock that I decided I didn't need. Thats the only wastage so far on spend of R20k+ !



If you decide to go ATI or Giesseman for those T5's you will pretty much be able to keep anything in there.

Dont tell anyone but I think T5's are the shit, if you have a look how many tanks in the states run SPS on T5/VHO fluorescent youll be amazed.
 

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I don't think you will need two of those 140w actinic, they are quite potent, one should be plenty.
 
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Yep I also think 2 140VHO actinics may be a little overpowering. Depending on the colour spectrums of the T5's though. There is only one way to find out though.
 

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Thanks

Many thanks guys, I'll go with 6 T5's and 1 Actinic for now.

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im a hailide guy:yeahdude: so naturally id go for 14k 150w metal hailides
 

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