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iheartJMS
04/15/2011, 10:26 AM
So I'm picking up a new (to me) 120 gallon acrylic tank next week. The dimensions are around 48" x 24" x 24". I am still undecided about what light setup I am going with, but am thinking to go in the metal halide direction. I'm still fairly new to the hobby and have only had T5 fixtures in the past. What size fixture do you think I should go with? Would it be better to get one bigger one or two smaller ones? Is metal halide the right choice for me? I plan on keeping mainly LPS and zoa's, some softies. Don't really care for SPS right now :hmm5:

Should I buy a fixture or a retro kit? Please keep your suggestions affordable! I don't mind buying used from a fellow reefer either, I just am not sure what to look for.

Also, LED's are definitely out of my price range :eek1:

iheartJMS
04/15/2011, 10:44 AM
After reading around some more, I've come to the conclusion that I should get atleast 250w becuase of the 24" depth, is that correct? Also remember that I really don't plan on having any SPS...

Saltwatercoral2
04/15/2011, 10:46 AM
whats your price range that you wanna spend? Yes, 250 watt halides will work

iheartJMS
04/15/2011, 10:58 AM
I'm not really set on a price range yet, but I just don't want to spend too much...

iheartJMS
04/15/2011, 11:40 AM
What do you guys think about the Aqua-Medic Oceanlight HQI Pendant? I can get a used one for $100 with the ballast and everything. Works perfectly and comes with an almost new bulb and hanging kit.

Saltwatercoral2
04/15/2011, 11:46 AM
your going to need 2 250 watts for that tank

iheartJMS
04/15/2011, 12:02 PM
What if I bought this one and then look around for another? I'm not going to be setting up the tank right away either...What do you think of those aquamedic pendants?

Saltwatercoral2
04/15/2011, 12:10 PM
I have never used them. So I have no idea about them.

Orcrone
04/15/2011, 12:22 PM
I don't know anything about Aquamedic. I looked at a combination metal halide & T5 hood that seemed like a very good deal, but like I say I don't know anything about their quality. Just want to add that it's better to spend more once than less the first time and more later. A 24" tank is pretty deep. If you do decide to do SPS you probably won't want to go any less than 250 watts on the metal halides. I would personally prefer to buy something that will last me, rather than having to upgrade in the future.

iheartJMS
04/15/2011, 06:59 PM
The fixture I mentioned above that I can get seems pretty decent to me but idk much about MH. It sells for $370 online..

moondoggy4
04/16/2011, 09:46 AM
There are lots of MH setups sold in the used forums.

gveng
04/16/2011, 06:42 PM
Have a 60g cube 24x24x24 and I have no problem keeping lps and soft corals under one 150w MH. If you have no intentions of ever keeping sps save yourself the more expensive electricity bill and just buy two 150w MHs.

Saltwatercoral2
04/16/2011, 08:21 PM
Have a 60g cube 24x24x24 and I have no problem keeping lps and soft corals under one 150w MH. If you have no intentions of ever keeping sps save yourself the more expensive electricity bill and just buy two 150w MHs.

Can you keep a clam and an anenome in your tank under the 150's?

iheartJMS
04/16/2011, 08:24 PM
Have a 60g cube 24x24x24 and I have no problem keeping lps and soft corals under one 150w MH. If you have no intentions of ever keeping sps save yourself the more expensive electricity bill and just buy two 150w MHs.

That's good to hear. What fixture are you running? Are you keeping corals near the top or everywhere?