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Old 05/29/2008, 10:47 AM   #1
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Question 40g breeder lights

I am in the process of setting up a 40 gallon breeder witha 20g sump/fuge. What would the best lighting be, here is some info.

I am going barebottom in the display

I want sps everywhere

I am building a 33" tall stand, the tank is 16" tall, I dont want the canopy to overpower the thing like seen with a lot of metal halides.

I would like to avoid having to purchase a chiller.

What is the best lighting solution?

Also what is the minimum distance off the water I could go with a halide to keep canopy height down?

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Old 05/29/2008, 11:35 AM   #2
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If you're going to build a canopy, go with a singe 150W Halide and 4x t-5 supplementation if you want to keep some really light loving SPS. Thats whats on my tank.


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Old 05/29/2008, 11:45 AM   #3
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aquactinics TX5 would be great, or ati powermodule would be best if you have money/patience


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Old 05/29/2008, 01:49 PM   #4
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snowboarda42 how is your lighting laid out? Happen to have a pic inside the canopy? Also is heat a problem for you are you running a chiller or fans?


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Old 05/29/2008, 02:18 PM   #5
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I'd go with one 250w or two 150w on a 40 breeder. I have a 150w on my 20L which works well for the tank.


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Old 05/29/2008, 02:38 PM   #6
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I would go T5. Either Aqauctinics TX5 5 bulb with good reflectors or the cheaper Current Nova Extreme 'Pro' six bulb with so-so reflectors.

You would be able to keep SPS anywhere in the tank, it might even be a little too bright.


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Old 05/29/2008, 03:29 PM   #7
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I was thinking in the back of my mind a 250w metal halide. What is the lowest I can mount that though to get proper spread for the whole tank? and will that roast my water?

If I go t5 it will probably be an icecap retrofit.


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Old 05/29/2008, 05:27 PM   #8
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i have a 50g breeder, same dimension as you.

I went with a single lumenbright reflector 250w. I wouldn't suggest it as it doesn't provide enough spread to cover a 36" tank. There are alot of dim areas in my tank, supplement lighting might help, although I havent tried it.

If I had to do it again, I would go 2x175 instead



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Old 05/29/2008, 06:56 PM   #9
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I have just broken down my 40B, I used a 250w hqi with 14k bulb adn just loved it. Clams and sps. If you are interested, PM me, I'm selling the lighting.


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Old 05/29/2008, 08:32 PM   #10
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I have a 58gal which is the same footprint, but a few inches taller.

I use 2x 250w metal halide and 2x 39w T5.

I'm happy with the setup.


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Old 05/29/2008, 10:10 PM   #11
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If you want lots of intensity throughout the tank then a 6 bulb IC retrofit would be an excellent choice. If you want a little more flexibily and and the ability to place lower light corals on the ends of the tank then a 250w MH placed 10-12 inches above the surface would work well. I have a 250W MH over my 30 breeder frag tank and it gets pretty good coverage. If you were to use a Lumenarc type refelctor you'd get even better coverage.


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Old 05/30/2008, 10:26 AM   #12
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Thanks all, now Im right back to where I started lol t5 or metal halide. LOL


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