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lighting for a wide tank

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by chubasco, Feb 22, 2005.

  1. chubasco

    chubasco Guru Class Expert

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    I've been given lighting some thought on an 18" wide tank (front to back). One
    strip of lighting just isn't up to task to light such a wide area. The one thing
    I like about the Coralifes I've seen on the net is those clear plastic legs, set
    of 4 for little over $7. Using 2 rows of cf lighting with 2 separate strips on legs that you can move back and forth to tweak light spread, would be ideal. Raising the light a couple inches like that, helps spread the light a bit more in those focused reflectors.The JBJ lighting clamps on the back of the tank and doesn't have this versatility-- at least the ones I've seen on the net. Any thoughts, folks?

    Bill
     
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    Re: lighting for a wide tank

    my tank is 18" wide too and I am currently using a Coralife on legs.

    It is very flexible as you said since you can move it back and forth...which makes it even easier to work in your tank...and the beauty of the plastic legs allows u to have an open top tank...

    I'm using only 2x96W and find it kinda hard for the light to reach all the way.

    So having 2 seperate strips would really help.
     
  3. chubasco

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    Re: lighting for a wide tank

    I think so, too. Maybe going with 2x55w in each strip. You could go with
    6700K in one strip and 10000K in the other.

    Bill
     
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    Re: lighting for a wide tank

    I am trying to find out if 10000k will give me any benefits...
    if so, i will get it and run it with my 6700k.

    its just 96W CF are quite costly....
     
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    Re: lighting for a wide tank

    :) bill, if you would like to save some $$,give a thought to ah lighting. they come with 2 ballast's and can time your lights. the reflectors in their kits are the key to good lighting. coralife lamps are very pricey. i have 24" that i bought used and does not seem like it puts out very much light for being a compact. it may be that light going thru their plastic lens and mine setting on glass may be why. regards, cornhusker
     
  6. chubasco

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    Re: lighting for a wide tank

    Cornhusker, I've dealt with Kim since 2000 and gets an A+ in customer
    service. Kim doesn't have these nifty legs, however. I guess I could get the
    kits I need from him, and the legs from Helolites :) Making a simple box to
    house the lights would be no problem. Or I could suspend them in a pendant
    application. I use his 13w kits on my small tanks ;)

    Bill
     
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    Re: lighting for a wide tank

    My 180 is 24 inches front to back ... I have four strips, two rows deep ...

    The really nice thing about this is that you can put each row on their own timer which gives you a little bit more control over the photo period ...

    Greg
     
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