Help selecting lights


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Jan 8, 2006
Katy, TX
I could use some helpful input from those who know more than I do (and there are many that do) about tank lighting. I have a 50 gallon Oceanic 30 x 18 x 21. I am looking at lighting and am currently playing with three selections:

1. The 24" Coralife Aqualight Pro 1x150W HQI w/ 2x65W actnic - Will the 24" with the single metal halide be enough to light the tank for good plant growth? I can always change the CF's for 6700's for extra light.

2. 30" Coralife Lunar Aqualight 2X65. - I know I will have to trade out the bulbs but will it give enough light to grow most plants.

3. AH Supply 2x55 kit. - Supposedly give out more light than the 2X65 Coralife but I have never bought a kit like this.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Tom Barr

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Jan 23, 2005
Well, the HQI would be nice, you will only use it for 4 hours perhaps a day.

The rest of the time you'll use the 65W.

You can also raise the pendent up/down etc.

Same with the others.
You can grow anything you want with the A&H also.

Tom Barr