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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #89
In a message dated 00-02-12 03:52:41 EST, you write:
<< I am in the process of trying to determine what sort of lighting to put
my 120gal. My plan is for an 'almost optimum aquarium' -- e.g. no heating
cables, but will have co2 and plenty of lights. It seems easy to find info
on Co2 requirements, etc. but lighting appears to be less straight forward.
So... my question is what is the suggested lighting for this size tank.
Dimensions are 4'L x 2'W x 2'H. I am assuming metal halides (x2) with
magnetic ballast and spider reflectors but what wattage is unclear. Money
is not the issue with the halides (all wattages are of similar cost).
like to hear opinions from those with similar setups who have had good
Will Kimbro >>
Heya.. I have the same tank as yours.. and Im in the process of getting two
metal halide fixtures, 175 watt each. The tank is deep, so you need more
lighting than a tank with a shorter deepness. The fixtures Im getting are
being built by the guy who sold me the tank. They are going to be like
pendant MH fixtures, but diffrently shaped (more rectangular) and are going
to be suspended above the tank (about 8-10 inches or so above the water) by
swing arms which can be moved for maintenence. There will be no cover on the
Hope this helps you- feel free to email me