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Old 01/08/2008, 06:16 AM   #1
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Coralife 250w

I'm researching for a new tank and set up (first time) and have some questions about lighting. The tank I want to get is a 55gal 48x 12.5 x21 tall and I have friend who, for all intents and purposes, is giving me a MH coralife 48" 250w light for this setup. My question is will this light be sufficient for this tank? Also, I was planning to get my tank from and they will sell a sump that is matched for the volume of the 55gal for $ 165-does that seem reasonable? Also, also does anyone have suggestions for pumps, jets and in sump skimmers for this setup? Finally, I'm having a hard time finding consistent info on how much LS and LR I will need for this tank. I'm finding different gal/lb ratios all over the web and the book I purchased isn't specific about this.


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Old 01/08/2008, 06:31 AM   #2
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A 250w MH will be great for that size of tank. You will be able to keep a variety of corals.
There is a sand bed calculator on the homepage of RC. When purchasing get a bit extra in case.
I wouldn't purchase LS as it isn't usually live but dead. Get aragonite.
I'll let somebody else chime in with the amount of LR.

I've spent a lot of money on booze, women and fish. The rest I just squandered.

Current Tank Info: 150g sps Reef (now FOWLR after a devastating crash due to chiller) , 2x400w MH (Icecap ballast, Lumenmax 2, Reeflux 12k SE), Deltec AP701, Grotech Tec III, Chiller, 2 x Tunze 6101, 1 x 6205 (+ m/c), bla bla
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