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StephenRU
08/01/2016, 01:39 PM
Anyone do this? I'm interested in setting up a FOWLR (180 gallons), and think macro algae might be a nice touch. I initially was going to do a reef, but think this might be an interesting route to go. What spectrum of lighting should I be looking for?

Subsea
08/01/2016, 02:48 PM
Anyone do this? I'm interested in setting up a FOWLR (180 gallons), and think macro algae might be a nice touch. I initially was going to do a reef, but think this might be an interesting route to go. What spectrum of lighting should I be looking for?


With respect to which spectrum is best, it depends on what you want to see and which macros you grow. In general, anything from 5K to 12K would be good.

jraker
08/01/2016, 05:12 PM
With respect to which spectrum is best, it depends on what you want to see and which macros you grow. In general, anything from 5K to 12K would be good.

+1

Green plants like caulerpa will do best around 6500k, and reds/blues will do better in a higher spectrum, like 12k. 10k is fine for most types of macros.

StephenRU
08/01/2016, 05:51 PM
Would something like http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/kessil-a360w-tuna-blue-led-aquarium-light.html?gclid=CjwKEAjw5vu8BRC8rIGNrqbPuSESJADG8RV04otU8awKniv2zxEhxh8b6FS_68NwZO0AjVM5KBoOKRoC_av w_wcB work or would I have to use the Tuna Sun version (I'm just asking in case I would use the light for another purpose down the road).

Subsea
08/03/2016, 07:20 PM
How long is your tank? That light covers 2'. If your tank is 4', you will need $800 of that light. Is that what you want to spend for a macro tank. Seems excessive to me, but I am financially challenged.

https://www.amazon.com/Lightimetunnel-trade-Waterproof-Aquarium-Lighting/dp/B015FIMLHQ/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1470273127&sr=8-9&keywords=led+reef+aquarium+lighting+48+inch

I have purchased five of these in the last month. One 4' bar light has 108W of 20 blue and 24 white and 4 green led each at 3W. One fixture lights up a 55G tank very brightly. I think that three would be enough for your tank. At $68 each, for $210 you would light up your 180G tank.

jraker
08/03/2016, 10:30 PM
Also, two mars aqua 165w LEDS (https://www.amazon.com/MarsAqua-Dimmable-Aquarium-Light-Spectrum/dp/B017GWDF7E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470284929&sr=8-1&keywords=mars+aqua+165w) would light a 48" tank, and are a similar price ($200 to light the tank), and are controllable.

Michael Hoaster
08/21/2016, 09:35 PM
As for setting up a planted FOWLR tank, I think it's a good idea! Skip the fragile corals and color your tank with plants-and fish you can't keep with corals. The only problem I see is Tangs-you can't have them.

Devaji108
08/22/2016, 04:57 PM
As for setting up a planted FOWLR tank, I think it's a good idea! Skip the fragile corals and color your tank with plants-and fish you can't keep with corals. The only problem I see is Tangs-you can't have them.

yup that was my 1st thought when I read the thread title.
I think its a great idea.
try some butterflies, wrasses, gobies, maybe even a lionfish that would be a nice looking tank.

do a build thread so we all can droll!

jraker
08/22/2016, 06:29 PM
do a build thread so we all can droll!

Couldn't agree more. We need more build threads here!