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Hey Everyone- I have a quick question. I have a 45g tank with a 3 PC 96w 10,000k, actinic, and 50/50. I am finding that this is still not enough light, due to the tank being 36" high and only 12" deep it is hard to build rocks to the top of the water. I am thinking of switching to MH with PC actinic and was looking for some advice. I plan on making my own hood and I want to get retro kits for it. What brands should I look at? What brands should I shy away from? Should I use a 175w, 250w, or 400w setup? My master plan is to move these to a 125 gallon tank I will be getting when I save up some loot. Thanks for the help!
 

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Freeflyer.. gerneral rule of thumb:

MH should be placed every 2 feet for maxium coverage. Then for depth:

up to 18" deep tank = 175 Watt MH
18 -24 " deep tank = 250 Watt MH
24" and deeper = 400 Watt MH

If you are going to go to a larger tank, you might want to take the above in consideration before purchasing for this tank.

hope this helps
 

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i am a little confused by your dimensions. your 45g tank is 36" tall! wow, that is a tall tank. you also did not say what you eventually wanted to keep in the tank, or what you wanted to keep when you upgraded to a 125g. when going up to mh's you will also need to think about keeping the tank cooler.

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e gads...there are so many different ones on the market.

Do you have a canopy? If so, you could do a retro kit. PFO, Hamilton, CSL... Ice Cap, etc..there are many. Maybe others could post pro's and cons of each

If you don't have a canopy, are you willing to build one? If no canopy and you don't want to build one, the you would go with a pendant style...again, the list is long,....
 

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I saw a 36" retro kit on reeffanatic.com that has 1 MH bulb and 2 55w PC atinics. My questions are, is 1 bulb ok for my tank (36 wide, 24 tall, 12 deep), and if it is, should i do a 250w or a 400w? Thanks for all the help
 
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