Posted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:32 pm Post subject: Substitute of Metal halides in a 4.10Ft marine Tank
My friend is setting up a marine tank of the following dimensions :
4.10ft X 2ft X 2ft. The shopkeeper had suggested him to go for 2 metal halides lighting for the same.
He would like to know the substitute of the halides in his tank if he is going to keep soft corals and live rocks.
He is afraid that the high intensity light may catch fire or boil the whole aquarium water ( since we are from bangalore the shop keepers had not suggested any chillers for the tank and the distance between the upper tank edge to the lights fittings will 10inches.)
Is it possible to use may be 6/8 T5 to produce the same intensity and heat for the required temp in his tank?
Posted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:42 pm Post subject: Re: Substitute of Metal halides in a 4.10Ft marine Tank
Since the Height is 2' i would suggest T5HO. Running with 8 T5HOs with a 5:3 combo (5 Whites and 3 Actinics) should give you a good spread of can increase the Actinics if you want more Blueish tank. Since the Blues are not considered into the Power Rating, it is practically a 5X54W power into your tank.. that should be sufficient to get the tank going.
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