Reef Central Online Community
Premium Aquatics

Home Forum Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences View New Posts View Today's Posts

Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Search Reefkeeping ...an online magazine for marine aquarists Support our sponsors and mention Reef Central

Go Back   Reef Central Online Community > More Forums > Reef Club Forums > MidWest Region-Reef Club Forums > Chicagoland Marine Aquarium Society (CMAS)
Register Blogs FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read

Notices

User Tag List

Reply
Thread Tools
Old 01/09/2008, 08:54 AM   #1
bues0022
Registered Member
 
bues0022's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Virginia
Posts: 2,230
30ga cube lighting suggestions...HELP!!

I need some help trying to figure out what to do for lighting for my 30 gallon cube. Dimensions are 23H x 18D x 20W. I'm planning on having a shroom/softie tank so I can get away with less light for now. My problem is trying to get light on there for as little $$ as possible both for setup and electricity cost. To put dimensions in perspective, the tank width fits an 18W NO light strip from a 10 gallon perfectly.

I have access to putting two NO strips with good bulbs on the tank for only $30, but I'm concerned of the light penetration - will it go deep enough. The sand bed is 19" below water line.

What are your suggestions for me? I can DIY things, so maybe a DIY PC fixture? This might get more costly than I want to make though. Maybe someone has something laying around that you don't need? Maybe I will actually be fine with the NO lights because they have decent color bulbs in them. What are your thoughts?


bues0022 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 09:07 AM   #2
saleenpwr88
Registered Member
 
saleenpwr88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Roselle
Posts: 2,051
One thing in this hobby I've learned is to do something right the first time because if you don't, you'll end up redoing it and spending more money anyway. I think your tank is too narrow for a 24 inch T-5 retro kit so I would just go with a 70W or 150W clamp on MH. You can usually find them fairly cheap and with a softie/shroom tank, you should be ok. That is my opinion as I am not a fan of PCs


saleenpwr88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 09:16 AM   #3
Mojo Jojo
Moved On
 
Mojo Jojo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Chicago
Posts: 2,495
Saleens right! Eventually you are going to want to do an upgrade. PCs will only slow you down on coral selection. Keep tunned I may have my 2 month old halide for sale soon.


Mojo Jojo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 10:54 AM   #4
BlakDuc
Fragger
 
BlakDuc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Waldorf, MD
Posts: 4,518
1 400w halide should do it.


__________________
Joe Cude

Current Tank Info: IM Fusion 40
BlakDuc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 11:06 AM   #5
bues0022
Registered Member
 
bues0022's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Virginia
Posts: 2,230
Joe....you and your 400W'ers. Some of us actually have to pay for our electricity. Actually, come to think of it I pay for yours too!

Would a 70W halide have enough penetration power to get to the bottom of the tank? I know of a cheap DIY 70W halide project I could handle....Thoughts?


bues0022 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 12:09 PM   #6
BenjieC
Registered Member
 
BenjieC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Poplar Grove, IL
Posts: 2,002
I'd go w/ a 150, 175, or even a 250. Your going to limit yourself on bulb selection if you just go w/ a 70. Eventually your going to want something more than softies, you should start planning for the future otherwise you'll just end up throwing money away.


__________________
Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely!!!


Nothing Is Impossible To The Person Who Doesn't Have To Do It Themselves.

Current Tank Info: 8g Nano more once moved
BenjieC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 12:13 PM   #7
bues0022
Registered Member
 
bues0022's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Virginia
Posts: 2,230
This tank is plumbed with a common sump to a 58ga. right next to it. I have 4x39W T5 in there. I want mainly softies in this tank so it's different from my 58 that will have lps/sps. It's ok to limit myself some with bulbs since I have the other tank. Thanks for the concern though! I'm thinking 70W for 1) cheaper to run, and 2) cheaper to get parts to build (or hopefully find one used for cheap). I'm a grad student, so you can obviously see where my main concern is with setting this up...$$


bues0022 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 12:51 PM   #8
hebygb
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Elmhurst, IL
Posts: 2,207
I have 4 x 96w PCs over my 65 and While I have GSP, shrooms, hammer, Birdnest, Frogspawn, and even a 4" crocea clam that is thriving on the sandbed.

Yes I agree that you should plan for the future and get MHs, I would agree that a single 150 or 250 pendant would be ideal and allow for options down the road.

There was a thread about 2 months ago where a guy used a HD or Lowes outdoor MH for his tank... bulb choice is key.


hebygb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 03:01 PM   #9
JNye
Moved On Up
 
JNye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Lansing, IL
Posts: 2,230
what is your budget?


__________________
Joe

Current Tank Info: it don't matter just don't bite it
JNye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 03:09 PM   #10
clopez
Registered Member
 
clopez's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Chicago
Posts: 694
I have a 150 halide outer orbit pendant with moonlights for sale for 150 if you are interested. Would be enough light and you could try a few new things too. PM me if interested. Would definitely stay away from NO lights though.


clopez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 03:14 PM   #11
bues0022
Registered Member
 
bues0022's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Virginia
Posts: 2,230
poo-tang: my budjet is a bit undefined, but I was hoping to keep things down to $100 if at all possible. Do you have something?

Clopez- thanks for the offer. I'll keep it in mind if I change my budjet at all.


bues0022 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 08:06 PM   #12
JNye
Moved On Up
 
JNye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Lansing, IL
Posts: 2,230
no sorry i have nothing for you, except this link, http://www.premiumaquatics.com/Merch...ode=Current-T5

not sure if this works for you, but it should support most softies and all shrooms? i think. i've been thinking of doing a similar tank and have been looking for appropriate lighting scheme. i was going to get the oceanic 30 gallon cube and use it for a coral quarantine/ permanet clove/shroom tank. dunno tho, good lick.


__________________
Joe

Current Tank Info: it don't matter just don't bite it
JNye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 08:07 PM   #13
JNye
Moved On Up
 
JNye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Lansing, IL
Posts: 2,230
whoops...don't lick the shrooms...or the zoas


__________________
Joe

Current Tank Info: it don't matter just don't bite it
JNye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 08:37 PM   #14
BlakDuc
Fragger
 
BlakDuc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Waldorf, MD
Posts: 4,518
Ryan, you can get an M57 175w ballast for about $30 on ebay and the spider reflector is only $30 from the cave. I have a 10k bulb you can have.


__________________
Joe Cude

Current Tank Info: IM Fusion 40
BlakDuc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/09/2008, 09:18 PM   #15
bues0022
Registered Member
 
bues0022's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Virginia
Posts: 2,230
I can't pass up a deal like that! Thanks Joe!


bues0022 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:48 PM.


TapaTalk Enabled

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2021 Axivo Inc.
Use of this web site is subject to the terms and conditions described in the user agreement.
Reef CentralTM Reef Central, LLC. Copyright 1999-2014
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.3.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.