New Tank project- Lighting?

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  1. MikeR

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    Hi All,

    The inevitable has happened... I have taken the plunge- excuse the pun- and aquired a new bigger tank as a mid term project. (The wife is unaware of the pending improvement(change) to our lounge)

    Nonetheless I'm very excited and starting my planning and preparation. Yes yes I know pics.. give me a chance..;)

    So The tank dimensions are 1600x500x500.

    I need advice on what lighting units to use, Ideally I would like to be able to keep all the corals etc if possible otherwise I know Ill just end up having to upgrade later..

    Can anyone advise me what lighting units are available- could be used?

    Thanks in advance
    Mike
     
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  3. Warr7207

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    You could go with T5 only, if you want them under a canopy. Especially considering your depth. Go with 6 x 80w T5's, and you will be able to keep SPS, clams, anything. And most importantly buy decent globes and the best reflectors you can get/afford.

    OR you can go with a combination of 2 x MH (150w) and 4 x T5's (36/54w) if you are using a lighting pendant, can be quite pricey, but MH globes tend to last longer and have insane depth penetration
     
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    what would you sugest for i 1.2 tank bout 500 deep
     
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    i like your lights
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    I agree, although If you do go with MH I would try and squeeze 3 lights in there, 2 will not give you full coverage, unless you cover the end area's with T5's.
     
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    Burt, I have managed to fit 6 x 54W T5's and 2 x 150W MH's into the canopy of a 1.2M tank....

    All DIY
     
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    can you show me a pic please
     
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    Sure, Mike, sorry to hijack.

    54W T5's on Alanod reflector: 2 Giesemann Actinics, 2 x Giesemann 15000K, 2 x ATI 8000K
    2 x BLV 10000K 150W Mh's mounted into back of canopy

    [​IMG]
     
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    Nice mnd123!!
     
  13. MikeR

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    Not at all mnd, Very interested in your lighting looks great.
    I agree a diy route may be better for me- but would prefer to buy a complete unit and be done with it- short of free time at the mo.

    I found a unit with 6 t5's in it. problem is its only 1200 long, My tank is 1600 so if i place it in the centre its probably not gonna "light" the outer 20 cm on each side of the tank...:whistling:

    Any good ideas or recommendations anyone?
    If I can find a standard 5ft fitting but which is a little wider than my tank (front to back) is this a crisis?
     
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    Have found this lighting unit which looks good?
    1800mm with 3 x 150wHIT De, 4 x moonlights and 2 x 54w t5 20,000
    Questions: Will this do the job ? and am i going to regret getting a unit wider than the tank ie 1800mm unit above a 1600mm tank,
    alternativly there is a 1250mm unit with 2 x 150 HitDe, 2 moonlights and 2 td 20,000k.

    Would the second unit provide enough coverage or "wash" for the tank being slightly shorter 1250mm over a 1600 tank?
    any and all advice appreciated..

    Mike
     
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    looks greate, whats the cost?
     
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    Awesome lights MND. May I ask how do you control the heat that the MH's must create ?
     
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    I have AC in my office and put a toilet extractor in the sump cupboard pulling the cold air over the sump, my temp is a constant 26.
     
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    bump... hi all,
    sorry to nag but really need some input..

    would a unit 1200mm be suitable for a1600 tank or would there be "dark" spots on the outer 15cm on each end of the tank?

    theres a 3 grand difference for the extra foot of lighting- hard to justify unless its nessesary. please pass on your thoughts and comments.

    Mike
     
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    I have never used metal Halide's but i dont think 2 150watt will be enough for a tank that long.
     
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