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Decker16
07/02/2010, 10:28 PM
My question is MH for my 96" long tank which is 30" high.

I was thinking doing like a 400W in the middle with 2 250W on the sides...

If it was your tank what would you do I am pretty much clueless on the topic...I plan to keep Clams, Monti, LPS, SPS and Softies...An assortment to say the least...Retro fit? How should I go about it...

Thanks again

Alexander

tallreefguy
07/03/2010, 09:18 AM
If you're only going to use 3 lights, make sure they're high enough to get the entire tank.
I believe the rule of thumb is basically 1 lamp per 2ft of tank space. If it was my tank, I would either use 3x250 watt or 4x250 watt halides. But a 400 watt in the middle would work nicely!

outy
07/03/2010, 11:03 AM
My question is MH for my 96" long tank which is 30" high.

I was thinking doing like a 400W in the middle with 2 250W on the sides...

If it was your tank what would you do I am pretty much clueless on the topic...I plan to keep Clams, Monti, LPS, SPS and Softies...An assortment to say the least...Retro fit? How should I go about it...

Thanks again

Alexander

3 x 250w will get the job done but your on the cusp of 4 lights really.

if you were doing sps only I would reccomend 3x 400w but with your livestock you will be fine.

sminker
07/03/2010, 11:18 AM
you will need 4 bulbs to cover the full tank.

or just use 3 and have low light stuff on the outside areas.

or do a 12x54watt or 16x54watt T5 setup.

the 16 bulb T5 setup will be about a $1000-$1100, thats with icecap ballasts. with workhorse ballasts its about $850-$900 with everything you need.

the 4x250 halide will be around $1200-$1500 for a good setup. price depends on the reflectors and bulbs you want. Good reflectors are around $150/each plus wiring. with Lumenmax or Lumenbrights, Radiums, and 2 2x250 ballasts is $1400 shipped.

t4zalews
07/03/2010, 02:59 PM
I'd say 3 halides and have 3 islands under them..that way you have more openness. That way you can have stuff on the sandbed that don't need high lighting..that and I like a more open look. JMO

Paulairduck
07/03/2010, 07:36 PM
I have the same tank, 96 x 30 x 24 I originally started out with three lrg lumenarc with 400 watt galaxy ballast and Radium bulbs.

I now have tried to go with 3 lumenmax reflectors radium bulbs and 250 HQI ballast's

suprizingly the lumenmax reflector has an awesome spread, I tried 4 halides,but the two braces got in the way and I thought it was a waste of energy.

Decker16
07/04/2010, 11:29 AM
Could you post a pic of your lights and your tank Paulairduck...