View Full Version : 150 or 250watt mh over 24 inch tank?

02/04/2008, 09:05 PM
what animals will this 150 limit me 2? Tank dimensions are 30x18x24

02/04/2008, 09:06 PM
24 inches deep that is

02/04/2008, 09:14 PM
I have 150's over my 30" deep and can have any coral I want. SPS usually have to be near the top though. That being said, I am in the process of upgrading to 250W's so I can put my SPS in more areas.

02/04/2008, 09:41 PM
could i keep clams in the sand bed with the 150? how about anemone with the 150 if it were in the sand?

02/04/2008, 09:46 PM
I would go w/ the 250 w/ 24deep. 150 would be ok. But you will find yourself in upgrade down the road if SPS is in the picture.

02/04/2008, 09:51 PM
Clam in the sand; probably not. Anenome in the sand; probably, but it will go wherever it wants to anyway.

02/04/2008, 09:51 PM
hmmm... could i keep the sps up high and still be ok for clams or nems down low with the 150? i want everyone to be happy but i dont want everything to outgrow the tank too fast

02/04/2008, 10:04 PM
what nem would work best with the 150 watt I have a pair of occellaris clowns that will move into this new tank? Thanks for the help

02/04/2008, 10:07 PM
A rose BTA is usually a good choice. But keep in mind that most nems do not like sand; they will go for rock (they will walk to where they want to be).

02/04/2008, 10:25 PM
250's and over kill 400's

02/05/2008, 12:23 AM
anybody else got some words of wisdom on this issue? All suggestions are greatly appreciated

02/05/2008, 12:40 AM
I would go with 250's if I were you. Your tank height is right on the border between the two. If you want a clam down low I wouldn't do the 150. My tank is 18 inches tall and I use 150's. My roommates is 24 inches high and he has 250's. And he is finding himself moving the clams higher up...

02/05/2008, 12:47 AM
Not to hijack your thread, but I'm about to put a 175w 10k MH over a 20 gallon long. But I'm also feeling somewhat inspired to do a 250w over the top so I can potentially raise the lamp a little higher and get more even coverage. Anyone ever heard anything as crazy as puting a 250w MH over a 20 gallon long?

02/05/2008, 01:40 AM
i currently have 2 15014k Phoenix over my 75 with over 10 different sps frags now for a little over a month,& can see new growth.

I also have a RBTA with a mated pair of gold stripe maroons hosted.The ananmone hasent moved sinse i put him in,but i also keep him well fed.

02/05/2008, 01:28 PM
blktang- how tall is that 75 gal tank?

02/05/2008, 01:59 PM
Are you going with one or two 150watt MH fixtures?

And if you are going to go with 2 MH fixtures, are the MH bulbs going to have individual reflectors or it it going to be an all in one fixture?

02/05/2008, 02:01 PM
I have 2 250W 14k SPS bubls over my 150. Lots of PAR!