Need Help deciding which Lighting to use.
After months of planning and almost being done purchasing everything I need to start my first reef. Im still struggling on which lighting fixture to buy for my tank. I want a powerful enough lighting system for all types of corals so I won't have to update my lighting once I become for experienced and be able to keep SPS corals/Anemones. Im open to any type type being MH or T5, only thing im not that open about is price and im looking to spend up to 1k. My tank is a 90 gallon oceanic reef ready tank (48x24x18) as many of you know from reading my chronicle. So what would you guys recommend?
I was looking at this and this fixtures but not sure yet.
Definitely get a T5 unit that has individual reflectors. You will have to keep most corals (except most softies) in top half of the tank with that lighting, imo.
Stock the tank you have, not the tank you plan to have. Always have and use patience.
- 29g FW - Community
- 55g SW - Blue Watchman Goby, Royal Gramma, 6-Line Wrasse, 2 Ocellaris Clownfish, and various corals and inverts
For those of you who want a SW tank and never have had one before or just starting out, read this blog entry
from my blog on AC, it will give you a place to start.
Im really leaning towards the ATI right now since it comes with everything you need out of the box unlike the other which I would need to buy bulbs/hanging kit separately, which would probably end up costing the same in the end.
If you can afford it, get the ATI for sure.
If you need to save $, you might be able to get the Tek used, with a mounting kit.
i'll be getting a small loan from my parents to get it as soon as figure the best bulb combo. Im so glad I don't have to wait and save up for it, instead I get to pay my parents back.
Heres a link to their bulb options and I get to pick but I don't which, all I know is that I need 54w bulbs.
If anyone could help me it would be great.
Last edited by Miltonic; 02-04-2009 at 03:52 AM.
personally i would go with 4 actinic bulbs and 4 14k bulbs. i like a blue look.
if you dont like blue so much, i would go with 4 10k and 4 actinic, or 5 10k and 3 actinic
I agree with Cocoa on the 14k's being a good choice. I would probably go with:
2x pure actinic
2x super actinic
I like the blue color look in the water also, so i'll probably be picking out what you guys recommended:D thanks for the help.
I also agree with T-5 over halides. While halides really are good and give the cool water twinkle, the different bulb configurations and lower heat from T-5 is better in my opinion. The only thing I would say is to find a unit with good individual bulb reflectors, a goo ballast, and a internal cooling fan. The ATI would be a great choice a Tek would be another.
yep I went for T5's because they are cooloer and don't use as much power. I ordered the ATI's yesterday and they should arrive here next Wednesday.
I went with this bulb config.
3 -- ATI Blue Plus
2 -- UV Lighting Super Actinic
1 -- ATI 12000K Aquablue
1 -- UV Lighting 10000K AquaSun
1 -- UV Lighting 75-25 Aquablue
It should give my tank a very nice blue color.