View Full Version : important lighting decision...

02/07/2006, 04:52 PM
I have a 30 gallon ( 30 inch ) with 161 watts of power compact lighting on it, just over 5 watts per gallon. Im looking to improve my lighting situation; my wish is to be able to keep a squamosa clam and a few sps corals on top of the mushrooms, zoas, star polyps and xenia that currently reside in my tank. On one hand i could add an additonal 96 watt 18" quad compact for $129, a 150watt metal halide pendant for $100, or a 250watt metal halide for $100 (good sale!). i dont want to ditch any of my current coral, temperature is a concern also, and the aesthetic quality of the light itself. any info or experiences welcom.

The Reefer91
02/07/2006, 06:21 PM
first, i believe 30g is 36in. second, i think you could do 2 150watts MH and a 96watt Actinic blue PC light.

02/07/2006, 09:26 PM
first, it is 30 inches, second thats bad advice 396 watts is over 10 watts a gallon which would be quite bad for mushrooms. thanks anyways...