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what lighting for a 7ft(l) x 2.5(w) x 2(d)


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#1 mitchy

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 08:02 PM

im looking at getting at 7x 2.5 x2 tank, what lighting would people recommend ???

#2 Joey

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 09:02 PM

All depends on what you intend to keep. Fish only or a full on sps reef. For a fish only you would get away with LED's or a few T5's but for a reef you would need a min of 3x 250w halides

That's just me so let's see what others suggest

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#3 lindsay

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 09:23 AM

As above,could even go to 400w halides for the sps set up for better growth forms and colour.

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 11:56 AM

That's why I said a minimum of 3 250w linds lol

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#5 Blacktip

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 12:02 PM

Pretty costly stuff though lighting a tank that size, in fact doing anything with that size tank....but I'm just jealous!

#6 dave14

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 02:21 PM

On my 72 x 27 x 24 I use 2 400w reeflux 10k with lumenarc reflectors, these are mounted on a light moving rail which moves from one end of the tank to the other, thus eliminating the need for a 3rd reflector, ballast lamp etc

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 10:02 PM

As above depending on what you wish to stock the tank with, I've got a 7x2x2 and I run 1x400w and 2 x250w halides mainly sps.
In hindsight I wish I'd have run 3x400w as the growth rates and colour are better under the 400w,

IMO It can be expensive but you can't skimp on cost if you want the growth , you can do it on a budget but you won't get the results you get with halides, I also run 2 LED's but only for effect.

Cheers Andy






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