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Large tank lighting and to sump or not to sump?
- To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com
- Subject: Large tank lighting and to sump or not to sump?
- From: Dgrim62 at cs_com
- Date: Wed, 21 May 2003 15:03:27 EDT
I found a great deal on a large tank. I will be setting it up after I sell my
present house and move into another one.
The tank is an Oceanic 240 gallon reef ready. 8 feet long x 2 feet deep x 2
I am going to be using Metal Halide lighting, 175 watt lamps. I have purchase
three 2 x 175 watt retro kits. I am debating between using 4 or 5 175 watt MH
lamps. 6 seems like overkill to me, but I could also do that. I think a
general rule of thumb is one 175 watt lamp for every two feet of tank length. Other
considerations are that this is a rather deep tank compared to others I have
had. I can easily resell one of the retro kits if I only use two of the kits.
So how many 175 watt lamps should I use: 4, 5, or 6?
I'm also trying to decide whether to use a sump or just plumb the Eheim
Cannisters into the bulkhead fittings like I did my old 125 gallon.
I'd appreciate any input from list members that use sumps in thier planted
Thanks for any help.
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