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Thread: Need some opinions ASAP.
09-19-2007, 08:27 PM #1
Need some opinions ASAP.
Ok the reason why I want opinions fast is because I want to place my order today. Anyways, I am starting a 10g nano reef and I am going to be running 130 watts of light over it:
Now I posted this up on several SW and reef forums and the only issue that came up was how much it would heat up the water. I have mounting legs for the light so I don't know how much that will reduce the heat.
In my searching I found the same wattage in this light:
It just has cooling fans. I know the fans are to help cool the actual lamps themselves but I imagine it will help with heat dispersal.
Also, for any of you that have the satellite fixtures, how are the mounting legs on them and how high does it put them above the water and are they adjustable like the corallife legs?
My question is, how much are these lights really going to effect my temperature in my tank. Do any of you have a DIY setup where you have a fan blowing over your water for cooling purposes?
Also, for any of you SW junkies, will 130 watts of light be too much for a 10 gallon? I found a 20" fixture with 80 watts of light. I don't know if that would be more ideal than the 130.
Last edited by zackish; 09-19-2007 at 08:33 PM.
09-19-2007, 09:22 PM #2
It depends on how hot it runs, and how far it is from the surface.
Also, with 130 watts, you will be able to grow the most needy corals. Make sure you slowly acclimate them to the light, so they dont close up for long periods of time as well.Money can't buy happiness, but it sure can pay the rent.
09-19-2007, 09:27 PM #3
How would I slowly acclimate them?
Just only use 1 bulb or something?
I really like the looks of this tank and they are only running 80 watts:
There are a few others that are running like 80 watts of lights or so. I just want my tank to look like that over a period of time.
09-19-2007, 09:31 PM #4
Beautiful tank as well, only 4 WPG:
To me that tank looks sick.
Also drum, basically what I am wondering is how much more heat is a 80 watt light going to disperse than a 130 watt?
09-19-2007, 09:38 PM #5
The 130 is Halide, correct?
And, to slowly acclimate them, place them on the bottom of the tank, and over time (every 3 days or so) move them an inch or less closer to where you want their final position to be in the tank.Money can't buy happiness, but it sure can pay the rent.
09-19-2007, 09:42 PM #6
Nope its a Power Compact Coralife Aqualight:
It is going to hang over a little on each side as a 10 gallon is only 20 inches long but I am not too concerned, I have the adjustable mounting legs.
09-19-2007, 09:46 PM #7
It wont get NEAR as hot as a MH bulb would, so i wouldnt worry about it. When you cycle your tank, check the temps and see what its like. If it does overheat, ill write up an easy schematic for the wiring of 1-2 small PC fans that will reduce the temp.Money can't buy happiness, but it sure can pay the rent.
09-19-2007, 09:52 PM #8
Ya, or I found a 10 dollar dual fan that can clip on the side of your tank.