my tank

Discussion in 'Nano Tank advice' started by Johan van Aardt, 21 May 2009.

  1. Johan van Aardt

    Johan van Aardt I love marines [R.I.P.]

    Joined:
    11 Jan 2009
    Posts:
    1,436
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    cape town, table view
    i am plannin a tank, it will be 600mm wide, 600mm long and 500mm high, i have everythng planned out and will post my plans shortly but what i do not know anything off is lighting and id like to know what lighting to use in on this tank. i am going to have an overflow with an skimmer dsb and maybe an algae scrubber. but firs ill have to figure out lighting. any help?
     
  2. Guest




  3. Neil H

    Neil H Moderator

    Joined:
    11 May 2008
    Posts:
    2,794
    Likes Received:
    56
    Location:
    JHB
    what corals are you wanting to keep Johan??
     
  4. Dale6

    Dale6

    Joined:
    19 Mar 2009
    Posts:
    779
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    East London
    depends what corals u want
     
  5. seank

    seank

    Joined:
    24 May 2007
    Posts:
    11,986
    Likes Received:
    123
    Location:
    North of Durban and South of Mozambique
    Bury with almost same size tank for Alida. Keep us posted
     
  6. trad

    trad Fish, thats the word!

    Joined:
    15 Aug 2007
    Posts:
    936
    Likes Received:
    22
    Location:
    JHb South Linmeyer
    600 x 600 is a nice size for one metal halide unit, but unless you're going to keep some very light intensive corals i would go for 4-6 T5s preferable in 2ft a fitting, look at dorypets etc other sponsors for prices I dont think they'll be to bad. 500 Deap is not very deap at all t5s will work well, however why not make the tank 6 x 6 x 6
     
  7. ben lloyd

    ben lloyd

    Joined:
    23 Jun 2008
    Posts:
    1,344
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    kzn dundee
    M/h Is 400x400 With 250watt 14000k Will Do Ass Well
     
  8. OP
    Johan van Aardt

    Johan van Aardt I love marines [R.I.P.]

    Joined:
    11 Jan 2009
    Posts:
    1,436
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    cape town, table view
    well i wanted an anemone but i want to be able to upgrade to almost anything without having to upgrade lighting, i chose 500mm hight because anything above that the glass has to be 10mm and the price then almost doubles.another problem is that the lights do need to make as little heat as possible with as much light as possible as im on a budget. my dad owns a building company and knows a few people in the light industry so i can get hold of virtually any light thats available in SA. thanx for all replies
     
  9. trad

    trad Fish, thats the word!

    Joined:
    15 Aug 2007
    Posts:
    936
    Likes Received:
    22
    Location:
    JHb South Linmeyer
    There is a building company that does Mhs lights they do a MH unit for about 1400 called reeflite. Maybe you can ge a discount globe will then cost around 700/1100. Put this about 20cm from the surface and you'll have no heat problems. It a single ended MH unit.
     
  10. trad

    trad Fish, thats the word!

    Joined:
    15 Aug 2007
    Posts:
    936
    Likes Received:
    22
    Location:
    JHb South Linmeyer
    Image011.jpg
     
  11. Tony

    Tony

    Joined:
    23 Aug 2008
    Posts:
    4,092
    Likes Received:
    68
    Location:
    Honeydew, Johannesburg
    Small computer fans are as cheap as chips and can help with cooling although like Trad says a metal halide 20cm above the water's surface wont cause major heat problems. Go for a combo of MH and T5's, where the T5's will be used for sunrise/sunset effect and so that you can maintain a 12 hour photoperiod without the halides being on for all that time.
     

Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - tank Forum Date
Canister filter on marine tank General Discussions and Advice Monday at 14:37
[wtd] Small tank + stand - quarantine - Pta Wanted Thursday at 12:21
[wtd] 1200 Tank Wanted 16 Jul 2017
Tank update General Discussions and Advice 15 Jul 2017
Gif_Hasie's 4ft Reef Tank Project Medium Tanks 14 Jul 2017
[wtd] Looking for 3m Tank in Superb Condition Wanted 11 Jul 2017
[wtd] Complete Tank kzn Wanted 10 Jul 2017