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Lighting questions for a 300g.

Discussion in 'Setup and Filtration' started by OhioCatman, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. OhioCatman

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    Getting ready to setup a 300 FW and I am unsure what to do about lighting. I plan on building a wood canopy to match the stand after it is setup. But at first it will just be glass across the top. So I am needing something that I can use for both stages of the project. A friend of mine has a metal halide setup thats new thats meant for such a canopy, with ballast, reflectors, and such. He said he would give me a good deal. But all I know about metal halides is they are meant for saltwater, especially reef tanks and are very bright. I have also been looking at the LED setups such as marineland or the cheaper knockoff brand beamworks. But I do not even know if they can be mounted inside a wood canopy. I like the idea of the moonlight with the LED's as I have alot of bottom dwellers and it would be nice to see the shyer ones swim around now and then without having to just watch them in the dark. So I guess the questions are.....Which would be a better all around choice, the metal halides or LED's? And can the LED's be mounted inside a wood canopy once I build it?

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    Yes when you have the canopy built you can run wood across it to support the led lights. I just got the beam works for my 180. If I had a 300 like you I'd get 4 of the 48 inch freshwater ones znd it should be great.
     
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    Exactly what mitchb said. I have some on my 180 as well.
     
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    is this a reef tank?
     
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    No. Its freshwater.

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    I just got my lights from Oddysea, three 6500k t5's on each side (two 36" units for 6 total) is really bright for FW, but my plants love it:) My unit came with a built-in digital timer control and blue LED moon lighting and you can't beat the price. I have one of the two on my 46bow until the 200g is done, so it's on glass now, but my 200g's wood canopy, I built supports with 2x4, I notched out the center of the 2x4 so the light sets right in there with no wiggle room- I was afraid someone would jump, bump the light and it would fall in.
     
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    Lighting is a very subjective issue with a lot of pro's and con's to sift through. I have 2 X 36" "single bright" Beams Work (LED 600) lights on a 300 fresh water (no plants) and am happy with them. They cost less than $50 each shipped to the door (E-Bay) and if you have any mechanical skills, you can install these easily in a canopy.
     
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    One thing consider if you mount the lights to the canopy. If you need to remove the canopy, you have to unplug the lights as well. I would get lights that sit on the glass tops, then build the canopy around them. Much easier to take the canopy off that way.
     
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    Well the glass top isnt a proper top. Its just makeshift. That's the reason I am building a wood canopy anyway. If I went with led's should I get 2 x 36 or 48"? I would think it wouldn't be easy to fit 48's end to end with tank being 8' even with the canopy being a little wider then the tank

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    Two 36" would probably be bright enough or the 48" housing is only 46" long not including the legs which add the extra 2" when pushed all the way in.
     

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