250 gallon planted tank
Thanks to those who offered advice and suggestions on my 250 gallon planted
tank. I received alot of comments about the potential hassles of dealing with
a 30 inch deep tank. As a result I made a deal to trade the 250 for a 200
gallon tank at the local aquarium store. It's the same footprint, the depth is
24 inches versus 30 inches. Also, since the VHO canopy added 6 inches to the
effective depth of the tank, I am dumping the VHO canopy in favor of 3 175 watt
metal halide pendants and an open top. Hopefully these changes will make it
easier to maintain the tank in the long run.
I considered 250 watt metal halides but it gets fairly hot in Texas and I'm
trying to keep my air conditioning costs under control. I know from experience
with reef tanks that the ballasts for these lights generate alot of heat in
addition to that generated by the bulbs. Any comments on the choice of 175
watt lights? I think this works out to roughly 2.9 watts per gallon and the
lack of a glass top should help increase the intensity a little.
Thanks again for the suggestions,