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lighting system for 120 gallon reef
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Ocean Hugger
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PostPosted: 2008.01.21(Mon)22:26    Post subject: lighting system for 120 gallon reef Reply with quote

I just got a 120 gallon tank for christmas and in need of a lighting setup.
I plan to have stony corals and lps corals in it. does any one have any sugestions. and willing to spend 100 to 550 dollars
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SLACkra
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PostPosted: 2008.01.22(Tue)6:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

What are the dimensions of the tank? You'll probably want to go with metal halide lighting. What watages and how many depends on the dimensions of your tank.

Andrew
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PostPosted: 2008.01.22(Tue)12:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

24 inches high, 4 feet long, and 2 feet wide
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SLACkra
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PostPosted: 2008.01.22(Tue)19:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd go with two 250watt metal halides. It sshould give you the depth penatration as well as the coverage you require.

You'll have to shop around for different lighting units and decide which one you want.

Andrew
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Pete Harcoff
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PostPosted: 2008.01.22(Tue)19:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

In addition to metal halides, you'll want to supplement your lighting with either T5, T8, T12 or PC lighting (so you can run actinics and/or daylight bulbs).

You'll also likely need to up your budget if you plan to light this tank with metal halides. I'd budget about $700-$1000 for lighting, unless you plan on shopping used and/or are able to find a heckuva deal.
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