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Hey everyone,
I still have to have up $400 for my Saltwater setup, but while I wait I am researching and preparing for it. I was just wondering if, for a 24x18x18 tank (30gal), whether a 48w (2x24w) T5 system would be enough for a FOWLR setup with maybe mushrooms or Zoointhids.
Also, I have a 8 gallon tank that isn't being used and want to use it as a sump after I put some walls in it. What would be the most reliable and easy DIY PVC overflow plan to use.
 

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Place them high maybe-rule of thumb for lighting is 3w+ per gallon-more for higher end corals-sps/lps.
 
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What about a 110w (2x55w PL) system?
 

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Have you checked ot Metal hilide look on line for a coralife 150 watt HqI they are about 300.00 bucks here that's what I have on my cube.
 
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I can't have MH as of how much power they drain, just can't afford it
 
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Hey ranga,
Check-out Reef Octopus lighting:

Horizon 2ft
Product Size (mm): 610x250x52
Aquarium Length: 2ft
Power: 220-240v 50/60Hz 96W
Tubes: 4 x 24w T5HO
Installation: Brace mount or Cable
Plus LED moonlights.

$210 AUD plus p&h

Tubes are included

 
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I was trying to limit it to only around $150 for my budget.
 
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I think you might struggle to get something suitable for $150 AUD

I've tried all the online places I know, and couldn't find anything

Maybe e-Bay

My twin 24w T5HO was $140 including tubes. Everything else I've looked at (CFL) with higher wattage etc is around $160 without tubes.
 
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I saw a 110w PL system for $160 online. I was thinking about that.
 
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ranga97 said:
I saw a 110w PL system for $160 online. I was thinking about that.
Did that include the tubes?

I saw a few for around $160, but didn't include tubes. Not sure what they are worth, but I don't think you'd get any change out of $200 (or more)
 

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If you can save up and you will be able to buy the proper lighting that you will need for a reef don't jump in to a fixture that's around 150.00 that's not worth it. Did you just start this tank? I did not see this salt tank in your profile ???? If you did then don't worry about lights because you have quite a few months in front of you to save up for some good lighting and as for MH HQI is not much diffrence than running T-5 they are made for a much easier electric bill than the old school MH that can run a big power bill . Like I said the coralife setup is much better to have all types of corals and in turn you will enjoy much more!!!!!!!
 
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I haven't got any of the tank yet (except for test kits and filter media etc.), I need to save up for the whole kit and kaboodle.
 

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You can get the LR going in the mean time save for good lighting. As the rock cycle's you do not need light if you use light a lot more algeas will start to take over and you do not want that. Certain algae's love nitrites and nitrates I do hope you are aware of this?
 
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I learn something new everyday, right?
 

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ranga97 said:
I learn something new everyday, right?
You got that right!!! We all do that's just life in the fast lane!!!
 
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